COSWL

Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship

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History: Established by Council as a Council Committee on July 23, 1976 (on recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee with the same name, which had been appointed by the President in December, 1975, and of the Committee on Organization. CONSISTS OF ELEVEN MEMBERS, WITH THE CHAIRPERSON APPOINTED ANNUALLY.

Charge: Functions as approved by Council in July, 1976, include 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 which consider questions of special relevance for women; to identify lags, gaps, and possible discrimination in resources and programs relating to women; in cooperation with other ALA units, to help develop and evaluate tools, guidelines, and programs 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; and to provide Council and Membership with reports needed for establishment of policies and actions related to the status of women in librarianship; and to monitor ALA units to ensure consideration of the rights of women.

 

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Staff Liaison: Lorelle R. Swader, Director, ALA Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR), lswader@ala.org