After reading the article Today's librarians challenging stereotypes by AP writer Jessica Paskot, I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people entering the field. Paskot reports that "The changing perceptions may be attracting more people to the profession. Enrollments in accredited Library and Information Science degree programs have climbed from 18,901 in 1997 to 26,521 in 2003, according to the American Library Association. There are about 137,000 librarians in the United States." Although I'm not quite sure if there are jobs for all these newbies.
However, I would have to disagree that people may be enrolling in Library and Information Science due to the "changing perceptions." It might just be because librarians like Ska Librarian, the Lipstick Librarian and the Modified Librarians (mentioned in the article) are all truly passionate about their profession. I mean, if you think about it, teachers are never challenged about their changing perceptions. Right? They enter the field of education MOST times for the betterment of our young people. Unless there's a belly dancing teacher out there we need to know about.