Document 12A: Memorandum Establishing a Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, 26 May 1977, Series 81/1/21, Box 1, Folder Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, 1975-1977. American Library Association Archives, University of Illinois Library, 2 pp.


   Document 12A is a two-page memo sent to the membership of the American Library Association providing the charge of the newly formed Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship. Document 12B is a lengthy report to "Those Who Responded to the ALA Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women Questionnaire," outlining the need and reasons for the creation of a Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship. Prepared by Ad Hoc Committee Chair Elizabeth Dickinson in March 1976, the report provided background information, recommendations and a statement of purpose for such a committee and a lengthy list of overall concerns and projects for the committee. The report outlined three important functions that were not being handled by any other group within ALA: "The first involved the need for systematic collection, analysis, dissemination, and coordination of basis information about the status of women in librarianship." "The second broad category is a planned and coordinated approach to women's interests and special issues within the Association." "The third important area not presently being covered is the official representation of librarians in national dialogue relating to women." The Committee dedicated much of its time and energy during the first 6-8 years on these three issues.

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May 26, 1977



FROM: Women in Librarianship Committee

On July 23, 1976, the American Library Association established a Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship. It consists of 11 members with the chairperson appointed annually. The charge to the Committee is as follows:

    1. Officially represent the diversity of women's interests within ALA and to ensure that the Association considers the rights of the majority (women) in the library field;

    2. To promote and initiate the collection, analysis, dissemination and coordination of information on the status of women in librarianship;

    3. Coordinate the activities of ALA units which consider questions having special relevance for women;

    4. Identify lags, gaps, and possible discrimination in resources and programs relating to women;

    5. Help develop evaluative tools, guidelines, and programs in cooperation with other ALA units designed to enhance the opportunities and the image of women in the library profession, thus raising the level of consciousness concerning women;

    6. Establish contacts with committees on women within other professional groups and to officially represent ALA concerns at interdisciplinary meetings on women's equality; and

    7. Provide Council and Membership with reports needed for the establishment of policies and actions related to the status of women in librarianship, and monitor ALA units to ensure consideration of the rights of women.

We hope that you will keep us informed of your activities. We look forward to closer cooperation between our associations. It is important that we work together on issues of mutual concern to all professional women.

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Our next meeting will be during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Detroit, June 17th-22nd.

The Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship

Judith Braunagel

Ellen Detlefsen

Jeurose Felmley

Evelyn Hall

Karen Jackson

Helen Josephine

Diane Kadanoff

Jane Marshall, chairperson

Carrie Robinson

Lotsee Smith

Helen Wheeler

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