Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL)

Charge

To officially represent the diversity of women's interest within ALA and to ensure that the association considers the rights of the majority (women) in the library field. To promote and initiate the collection, analysis, dissemination, and coordination of information on the status of women in librarianship. To coordinate the activities of ALA units that consider questions having special relevance for women. To identify lags, gaps, and possible discrimination in resources and programs relating to women. To 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. To establish contacts with committees on women within other professional groups and to officially represent ALA concerns at interdisciplinary meetings on women's equality. To 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.

Roster

Sandy Wee (Chair, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Suzan Antoinette Alteri (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Lenese Colson (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Diedre Conkling (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Kathleen M. DeLong (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Melia Erin Fritch (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Darcell Graham (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ms. Kate Kosturski (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Deborah G. Tenofsky (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Julie VanHoose (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Carolyn N. Willis (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Rachel Balko (Intern, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Jahala D. Simuel (Intern, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Dr. Gail A. Schlachter (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017)
Lorelle R. Swader (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2020)

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Composition

The Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) consists of eleven members appointed from the membership at large serving two year staggered terms and led by chair, serving a one year term.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

  • Advancing Women in Library Leadership Subcommittee
  • Research on Women’s Issues Subcommittee
  • Bibliography/Clearinghouse Task Force