The ALCTS Board recently passed the following memorial resolution honoring Cynthia J. Johanson.
Whereas, Cynthia J. "Cinder" Johanson, assistant chief of the Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division (RCCD) at the Library of Congress and a noted scholar of folk art, died on January 14, 2004 in Washington, D.C.; and
Whereas, She had worked at the Library of Congress for more than 34 years in cataloging and public service; and
Whereas, She began her library career as a technician in 1968,earned a master's degree in library science at the University of Michigan in 1973, and then returned to the Library of Congress as a cataloger; and
Whereas, By example and persuasion she inspired many technicians to continue their education and become library professionals; and
Whereas, She served as president of the Professional Guild of the Library of Congress in 1977 and 1978 and assisted in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement between the Library and the Guild in 1978; and
Whereas, From 1978 through 2003 she held many progressively responsible management positions at the Library of Congress in the areas of collections management, subject cataloging, MARC record inputting and maintenance, and regional and cooperative cataloging; and
Whereas, She was active in the American Library Association and its divisions, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), served on the ALA Council from 1986 through 1991, served on the Action Council of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table and the ALA Feminist Task Force in the 1980s and 1990s, and participated in the ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials; and
Whereas, She was a leader for improving the status of women in librarianship and served as chair of the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, as chair of the 10th Anniversary Planning Committee of COSWL, as chair of the Special Committee on Pay Equity, and as a member of the Minority Women Oral History Project Task Force and of numerous other ALA groups related to women's issues; and
Whereas, She was a member of the Folk Art Society of America; and
Whereas, She co-authored 20th Century American Folk, Self-Taught, and Outsider Art (Neal-Schuman, 1993), which was issued in a revised edition as Self-Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art (McFarland, 2000), and Outsider, Self-Taught, and Folk Art Annotated Bibliography (McFarland, 2002); and
Whereas, She helped the Library of Congress embrace the digital age by serving as the Cataloging Directorate liaison to the Continuing Education Task Force, charged by the ALCTS Task Force on the Library of Congress Action Plan to develop ways for cataloging practitioners to keep up with new cataloging and metadata policies for digital content; and
Whereas, She was universally respected for her fairness and integrity and loved for her personal warmth and her commitment to the profession of librarianship; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the American Library Association, on behalf of its members, recognizes the remarkable achievements of Cynthia J. Johanson and gratefully acknowledges her many contributions to the profession of librarianship; and be it further
Resolved, That this Association expresses its sincere sympathy to the family of Cynthia Johanson, including her mother, Elva Johanson of Englewood, Florida, her aunt and uncle, Dorothy and Glen McMillen of Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and her great-aunt, Katherine Willard of Warren, Pennsylvania.