Who Has Made a Difference in Librarianship to Today’s Librarians?—
(Clara Stanton Jones- first African American to serve as president of the American Library Association. She also was the first woman and the first African American director of the Detroit Public Library system.)
Results of a 4-day discussion in October 2012.—compiled by
Kathleen de la Peña McCook. PLG member. October 29, 2012.
I am preparing to teach a course in library history and reviewed all the major historical surveys including a new scarecrow press book: Valentine, Patrick M. A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press, Inc, 2012.
I was struck by the fact that even after decades of protesting the male majority voice that the male majority voice dominates in the historical narrative. So I tried the experiment of sending out a request on the Progressive Librarian Guild and StanleyK discussion lists asking for input on October 24-29, 2012.
The result from librarians is a list that was split nearly even between men and women and included many people of color. I know the parameters were vague, but it seems to me that the results are a basis for thinking about the structure of meaning and values in 21st century librarianship.
Post on October 24, 2012
I'm readying a new course and want to do a class on "Librarians Who Made a Difference." Suggestions?
Suggestions made by members of the “Progressive Librarians Guild discussion list and the Stanley K discussion list.
Sandra Ríos Balderrama;
John N. Berry III;
Arna Wyndell Bontemps;
Clara Estelle Breed;
Ruth W. Brown ;
Mary Lee Bundy;
Jean E. Coleman;
Connecticut Four[George Christian, Peter Chase, Barbara Bailey and Janet Nocek];
Cuban librarians [Marta Terry, Eliades Acosta, and Tomas Fernández Robaina, Rebeca Brull], Margaret D'Adamo;
Shiraz Durrani ;
John W. Ellison;
Maurice J. "Mitch" Freedman;
Jennie Maas Flexner;
Barbara J. Ford;
Jeannette Howard Foster;
Edmund and Ruth Frow;
Eliza Atkins Gleason;
St. Jerome (342-420) patron saint of librarians;
Clara Stanton Jones;
E. J. Josey;
Ladies of the many Ladies Library Associations;
George W. Loveland;
Margaret E. Monroe;
William (Bill) Miles;
Occupy Wall Street Librarians;
Members of the Progressive Librarians Guild [esp. founders: Elaine Harger, Mark Rosenzweig] ;
Members of Radical Reference;
Sirkali Ramamrita Ranganathan;
Ann Allen Shockley;
Arnulfo D. Trejo;
Members of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA;
James C. Welbourne;
AND members of ALA Ethnic Caucuses: AILA, APALA, CALA, BCALA, REFORMA
· Influential others: Julian Assange; Eva Golinger; Stanley Kunitz; Frederick Leypolt; Arthur Schomburg
· Suggestors: Gerardo "Gary" Colmenar, Lincoln Cushing, Chuck D.Adamo , Isabel Espinal, Jenna Freedman, Lia Friedman, Anita Galanopoulos, Andrea Gallucci, Andrea Grimes, Mark Hudson, Faith Jones, Seth Kershnerm, Joyce M. Latham, Rory Litwin, Rebecca Martin, Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Lisa McCracken, Peter McDonald, Kelly McElroy, Adam Mizelle, Vanessa Morris, Rhonda L Neugebauer, Melissa Riley, Laurie Spurling; Martin Wallace; Karen Weaver.
Progressive Librarians Guild discussion list.
StanleyK discussion list. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/StanleyK/ for those who interested in issues relating to the education of librarians