Document 9: ALA-SRRT Task Force on Women Newsletter. vol. 3, no. 5, May 1974, Series 49/45/10, Box 1, Folder Status of Women in Libraries, Task Force on Women Newsletter (1970, 1972-4), American Library Association Archives, University of Illinois Library


   The first page of this newsletter from May 1974 detailed the new format for the jobs roster. The roster would now become a "jobs in print" bi-weekly listing of administrative and advanced positions, and it would become a subscription service. As the newsletter stated, "The new format will allow women to directly contact employers who list with the roster," thus giving women more control over the process since they would initiate contact with employers and would be able to apply only for positions for which they believed they were qualified.


Vol.3 no.5


Editor; Lynne Rhoads


    As was decided at ALA Midwinter, the TFW job roster has taken a new form. It is no longer a resume screening service, but has become a "jobs is print" bi-weekly listing of administrative management, specialist, and other advanced positions in libraries. The first issue of the "Bulletin Board" is scheduled for July 1, at a cost to the subscriber of $3.00 for 12 issues.

    The new format will allow women to directly contact employers who list with the Roster. Women will also use their own resumes rather than a standardized form. We ask women to mention the TFW "Bulletin Board" as the source of their information when they apply for jobs (this will help prevent the application from ending up on the bottom of the pile) and to send the Roster Coordinator clear copies of correspondence with employers so that we can keep records on the Roster service as an affirmative action tool. The carbon copy, clearly indicated, will alert employers to the fact that surveillance is being kept on their hiring practices; and we may be able to work out sanctions against employers who demonstrate patterns of discrimination in hiring.

    At Midwinter meeting, TFW members felt atrongly that the new format will put more control into the hands of women seeking jobs and less in the hands of employers. Women will be able to initiate contact and to follow up later, and will be able to select positions for which they feel they are qualified rather than depending on assumptions made about their interests and qualifications by both employer and Roster Coordinator on the basis of limited information.

    Women who may wish to continue with a resume screening service have several alternatives:

    (1) The Catalyst National Roster; a computerized listing by identification number of employable women, is open to all women who have completed at least one year of college and who seek administrative, managerial, technical or professional positions on either full-time or part-time schedules. This includes women who are currently employed and seeking advancement within their fields as well as those who wish to re-enter the labor force after an absence. To be listed on the Roster, a woman must request and complete a one-page resume form from Catalyst National Headquarters. Upon receipt of her completed form, she will be assigned an identification number which will represent her on the Roster where her educational background, related and other work experience, salary and work schedule desired will be printed. The listings are free. Catalyst has also established a national network of 85 centers that provide career counseling, job referral and placement services to women in communities throughout the United States. Interested employers can secure a woman's resume from these centers or from Catalyst headquarters. First time use of the Roster is free to employers, with future issues available for a subscription fee that will provide the base of Catalyst's support as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Contact: Barbara Moore, Catalyst National Headquarters, 6 East 82nd Street, New York, New York 10028.

    (2) Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), a nation-wide clearing house for

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