Women in American librarianship and valuing women’s work

Women in American librarianship and valuing women’s work

I found the reading of Garrison’s reading: “The Tender Technicians: The Feminization of Public Librarianship, 1876-1905” very interesting. It seems that females were hired for basically cheap labor…When you compare the librarian registra in the mid-1850s, it was all male, and in less than a century’s time, 2/3 of librarians were female. Here’s a link to a blog that explains more about women in librarianship, and you’ll find some nifty factoids.

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One thought on “Women in American librarianship and valuing women’s work

  1. What an interesting post! My blood was kind of boiling anytime Gretchen quoted that Lerner text. Saying the “feminization” of libraries has led to lack of respect of libraries. AAARGH!

    It seems to me that what has led libraries to becoming “identified with underprivileged and marginal elements of society,” has been the setting of standards that public libraries, especially, promote intellectual freedom and access to information/resources for all. Not that these are STRICTLY FEMININE values.

    What dude would be like, oh yeah, I don’t believe that poor people/uneducated people/some group of people should have access to libraries. They are our last bastion of intellectual elitism! That’s offensive to women AND men.

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