"Today, 83 percent of librarians are women, but in the 1880s men had the edge, making up 52 percent of the 636 librarians enumerated. In 1930, male librarians were truly rare, making up just 8 percent of the librarian population."

(An analysis using 120 years of census data via Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 | OUPblog)

P.S. Don’t forget to take part in our National Library Week 2013 Photo Contest to share how you are celebrating this week (and for a chance to win a laptop for your library). Plus, get access to the OED and Oxford Reference all week for free!

So, we can’t take part in our own National Library Week Photo Contest (sad times for us) but we CAN share a gratuitous picture of our brilliant library here at OUP in Oxford. Huzzah!

Entry to the competition closes on Sunday so get your snap of your NLW 2013 event in soon for a chance to win your library a laptop.

And don’t forget that there’s *free* access to the Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Reference for National Library Week. Find out how to access.