Thursday, August 6, 2020

Black Women in LIS Education

Open letter from Dr. Lorna Peterson. She was ALISE President in 2010/2011

Dr. Henrietta M. Smith.

Dear Colleagues,

                On July 24, 2020, a thread regarding Black Women LIS educators in the U.S. generated interest on the list JESSE, that was both surprising and encouraging to see.  Three former deans (McCook, Woolls, Carbo) who are recognized researchers and leaders beyond their administrative post experiences, contributed names.  An additional leader responded privately with more names. 

                Nicole Cooke’s CFP has already been announced on this list and elsewhere, but the development of a list of names might be helpful as Blanche Woolls aptly stated “so that this can become a go-to location for LIS students who need an essay topic or a more extensive topic for a dissertation.”

            With the contributions of names that were posted on this list and sent privately to me, I decided to collate the names and provide them over this list.  It is by no means exhaustive and I certainly do not wish to clutter inboxes or cause confusion regarding the special issue of Libraries: Culture, History, and Society.  To encourage the spirit of how this list started, I am sharing the below. This post is only to temporarily place in one spot the names already generated and perhaps have someone move and manage off-list.  I am not volunteering to develop and maintain such a list, just sharing what was already developing.  Also included at the end of this list are the names from the original call for papers.  

                The responses from Kathleen McCook, Blanche Woolls, Toni Carbo, Deborah Swain, and the private responder, indicate a need for the study of Black women’s lives who shaped the library, archival, and information science discipline and profession.   LIS has fine examples of biography using feminist theory with librarian/library educator lives, from such works as Suzanne Hildenbrand’s Reclaiming the American Library Past: Writing the Women In and New Woman as Librarian, The Career of Adelaide Hess by Clare Beck.  Studying LIS Black women educators by using feminist theory, critical race theory, social class and labor history theory, etc., would enrich the canon of LIS literature by weaving in discrimination, gender inequality, stereotyping, pay equity, etc.    Imagine what such a work as Geraldine Clifford’s Those Good Gertrudes or Darlene Clark Hine’s Black women in white would contribute to the understanding of the LIS profession.  Here is the beginning of a list:

Black Women LIS Educators: U.S.

Rosie Albritton

Pauletta Brown Bracy

Lorene Brown, former dean of Clark Atlanta

Malore Brown

Yvonne Chandler, University of North Texas

Renate Chancellor, Catholic University of America

Gwendolyn Cruzat

Evelyn Curry, Texas Woman’s University

Carolyn Frost

Donna Gilton

Claudia Gollop, UNC-Chapel Hill

Carla Hayden

EM Claire Knowles, Simmons

Rhea Lawson, (Wayne State before going to Houston Public Library as director)

Shari Lee, St. John’s

Mary Lenox

Carole J. McCollough, Wayne State

Sibyl Moses

Irene Owens, former dean of North Carolina Central, typo earlier 

Edna Reid

Danielle Smith, University of North Texas

Karen P. Smith, Queens

Ethelene Whitmire   

Important to note the faculty at the Hampton Institute library school 


From the CFP:


  • Hallie Beachem Brooks (1907 – 1985) was a prominent African American librarian, educator, and academic who worked to advance literacy and educational opportunities for people of color. She was a Professor of Library Science at Atlanta University, published numerous book reviews, and mentored African American library students. 
  • Eliza Atkins Gleason (December 15, 1909 – December 15, 2009) was the first African American to receive a doctorate in Library Science. In 1941, she established and became the first Dean of the School of Library Service at Atlanta University and created a library education program that trained 90 percent of all African American librarians by 1986.  
  • Virginia Lacy Jones (June 25, 1912 – December 3, 1984) was an American librarian who throughout her 50-year career in the field pushed for the integration of public and academic libraries. She was one of the first African Americans to earn a PhD in Library Science and became dean of Atlanta University’s School of Library Sciences.  
  • Doris Hargrett Clack (March 24, 1928 – November 22, 1995) was an African American librarian and expert on cataloging and classification. She was a professor of library science at Florida State University for 23 years and did extensive scholarly work on the library classification of Black studies and the second edition of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2).  
  • Dr. Elfreda A. Chatman was well known for her ethnographic approaches in researching information seeking behaviors among understudied or minority groups (poor people, the elderly, retired women, female inmates, and janitors). 

Lorna Peterson  (professor Emerita SUNY-Buffalo).

Monday, July 27, 2020

Americans with Disabilities Act Toolkit

Libraries and Accessibility: Americans with Disabilities Act  

Thanks to the Connecticut State Library, Division of Library Development  for the LibGuide on resources about the ADA's effect on library buildings and services:

 Tool Kit is a project of the ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States that provide comprehensive "one-stop" information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Saturday, July 25, 2020


100 Years of Voting. USPS.
19th Amendment: Women Vote
With this stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. Inspired by historic photographs, the stamp features a stylized illustration of suffragists marching in a parade or other public demonstration. The clothes they wear and the banners they bear display the official colors of the National Woman’s Party — purple, white and gold. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Library Stabilization Fund Act,

The bicameral Library Stabilization Fund Act,  introduced in Congress July 2 proposes 2 billion for library support. 

Stabilization funding would support a range of library services to patrons, enabling libraries to:

  • Maintain core library services and keep nearly 370,000 library workers on the job
  • Purchase cleaning and PPE supplies and train staff for safe re-opening
  • Expand technology and services to keep millions of library users connected to the internet
  • Strengthen collections and programs to address needs such as remote learning, job skills, access to government services and early literacy

Please contact your legislators.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

New SSRN Hub on racism, racial and gender-based violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements.

In a few days we will add a second hub. It will focus on early stage research in the areas of racism, racial and gender-based violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements.

SSRN Community,
We recently reached an incredible milestone on our SSRN platform: 150,000,000 All-Time Downloads
This milestone means a lot to us, but any good news right now feels a bit overwhelmed by what's going on at the moment. With a global pandemic continuing to harm too many people and systemic inequalities here in the US and in other places around the world boiling over, it's a tough time to celebrate. And while we're delighted with this milestone, we know all of us have a lot more work to do.
We started our Coronavirus Hub for early stage non-peer reviewed research in February to help researchers freely share their latest research around the world. The faster we share COVID-19 research findings, the faster we can curb the spread and help those affected. As we've watched the protests supporting Black Lives Matter here in Rochester and around the world, we've been thinking about what can we do. In a few days we will add a second hub. It will focus on early stage research in the areas of racism, racial and gender-based violence, law enforcement reform, and social justice movements.
In these challenging times, real research will help us find answers and I invite you to share your research on the SSRN platform as early as possible. It often takes a kernel of an idea to inspire fellow researchers and your sharing may be the shoulder that gets stood on. We've also expanded our First Looks. Several publishers, including The Lancet and CellPress offer researchers the opportunity to simultaneously submit their research to the peer reviewed journal and SSRN. This allows authors to share a "First Look" at their findings while it is being considered for publication.
It's the time of year for us to take a break from distributing emails so that our team can catch their breath and our developers can work on the platform. Our break will be 28 June to 12 July 2020 and we will resume distribution on Monday, July 13th. During this time SSRN will not distribute eJournals or announcements. However, our staff will be working; supporting the Research Hubs, processing submissions, answering emails, and providing support as usual. In observance of Independence Day in the US, the SSRN office will be closed 3-6 July 2020.
Stay safe and be well,
Gregg Gordon

Monday, June 22, 2020

American Library Association Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Assembly (new June 2020).

Announcing the new ALA EDI Assembly!

At the 2020 Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Executive Board charged the
ODLOS Advisory Committee with creating an Equity, Diversity, 
and Inclusion Assembly. 
 The purpose of this EDI Assembly is to provide a forum for all groups
 within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives 
related to equity, diversity, and inclusion to discuss their activities,
 identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination, 
and explore new initiatives related to the association's strategic
direction for equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
Who's invited?
All groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on 
initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are invited 
to send representatives. Individuals interested in equity, diversity, 
and inclusion are also welcomed to attend and participate. 
Volunteers will serve two-year terms on the assembly,
with flexibility as needed.
How will it work?
The EDI Assembly will meet quarterly, starting with its inaugural 
meeting on August 4th from 12-1:30pm PDT / 1pm-2:30pm MDT / 
2pm-3:30pm CDT / 3pm-4:30pm EDT. We will use the the principles 
outlined in the ALA EDI Implementation Working Group's final report 
as a framework for our discussions, so that as we share the work 
we're doing, we will map those principles to our work and identify
 gaps in what's being worked on so that we can move towards a
 holistic culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
What are those ten principles again?
The ten principles are:
  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Centralization
  • Cultural competency/humility
  • Consistency
  • Cooperation & Collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Commitment
  • Change
  • Caring
How do I sign up?  
You'll join the EDI Assembly through the ALA Volunteer Form
-stay tuned for more information. You'll then be added to the 
ALA Connect group for the Assembly.
I still have questions!
Please contact Elizabeth Brumfield, 
incoming chair of the ODLOS Advisory Committee and convener
 of the EDI Assembly, at

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Community Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity

 Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity

Community Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity

Edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Andrew Flinn

In the last few decades, the community archives movement has become an important area of research, recognition, and appreciation by archivists, archival scholars. and others worldwide. This book traces the trajectory of the community archives movement, expanding the definition of community archives to include sites such as historical societies, social movement organizations, and community centers. It also explores new definitions of what community archives might encompass, particularly in relation to disciplines outside the archives.

Community Archives, Community Spaces: Heritage, Memory and Identity

Community archives are now seen as being in the vanguard of social concerns, markers of community-based activism, a participatory approach exemplifying the ongoing evolution of "professional" archival (and heritage) practice and integral to the ability of people to articulate and assert their identity.