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women's issues in libraries


Our Mission:

  • To unite in this group, North Carolina Library Association members who are interested in women’s issues in libraries
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of the concerns of women in libraries and how these concerns affect the profession as a whole
  • To provide for exchange of information among all components of the North Carolina Library Association with the goal of increasing understanding of current issues affecting women within the profession
  • To give stimulus, support and information to the Association and its various components in encouraging library policy and decision makers to be more aware of and responsive to these issues and concerns
  • To present programs and carry out other appropriate activities
  • To see to fulfill the objectives of the North Carolina Library Association


Board Members

Jenny Barrett Boneno, Chair

Reynolda Branch, Forsyth County Public Library

barretjs@forsyth.cc


Michelle Hildreth, Chair Elect

Green Road Library, Wake County Public Library

michelle.hildreth@wakegov.com


Kate Budries, Secretary

Glenn McNairy Branch Library, Greensboro Public Library

kate.budries@greensboro-nc.gov


Julie Humphrey, Director

Durham Technical Community College

humphreyj@durhamtech.edu


Heather Greer Klein, Director

DSpace Project Manager, Duraspace

heathergreerklein@gmail.com


Joan Sherif, Director

Northwest Regional Public Library

jsherif@nwrl.org


Mary McAfee, Herstorian

Retired, Forsyth County Public Library

mcafeemary52@gmail.com


HerStory - How We Came To Be

The organizational meeting of the NCLA Roundtable on the Status of Women in Librarianship occurred on March 20, 1981, at Meredith College in Raleigh, but groundwork for the event began much earlier. Two of the women most instrumental to the group's founding, Judith Sutton of PLCMC, and Patsy Hansel, then of Onslow County Public Library, "decided it was time to try to do something about the blatant discrimination we so frequently saw" in hiring of library directors. According to Patsy, "we had ideas of helping boards of trustees learn how not to discriminate when they were hiring directors." Sutton and Hansel met with Patrice Ebert and Nancy Massey, both then with the Hyconeechee Regional Library System, and Mary Hopper, also with PLCMC, to discuss organizing a group that would provide training and support from other women, as well as a forum for discussion. After agreeing to form a roundtable within NCLA, they circulated petitions throughout the state, easily acquiring the necessary two hundred signatures. Funding for the organizational meeting in Raleigh arrived part from the Public Library Section of NCLA, but not without flack. One male librarian at the time complained about the lack of such a group for men. Lousie Boone, then director of the Albemarle Regional Library, quipped that he could start one himself; "then, we can have a dance." Over one hundred people attended the Meredith College meeting in 1981 which featured a welcome by NCLA president, William O'Shea and a keynote address by library trustee, Alice Ihrig. A brief business session established a steering committee to guide the new roundtable until the NCLA Fall conference. This committee consisted of Patrice Ebert, Judith Sutton, Nancy Massey, Patsy Hansel, Lynne Henderson (Meredith College Library), and Valerie Lovett (Wake County Library). In 2007, the Executive Board proposed that the Roundtable on the Status of Women in Librarianship consider a name change to better reflect the Roundtable’s mission. The board voted to change the name to Women’s Issues in Librarianship Roundtable with a mission to promote programming and provide a forum for the discussion of the concerns of women in libraries and how these concerns affect the profession as a whole. 



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Marilyn L. Miller Award for Professional Commitment

Sponsored by Women in Libraries Roundtable

PURPOSE
The purpose of this award is to recognize a professional librarian in North Carolina who has provided outstanding support of women colleagues in the workplace and/or leadership and 
service in enhancing the library mission.  

CRITERIA

Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievement in ONE OR MORE of the following criteria:

  • Contributions as a role model in the mentoring process.  (Consider for example activities that have supported women in the library workplace, such as encouraging employees who wished to further their education, championing women’s productive endeavors, supporting their efforts for career advancement.)

  • Significant contributions to library development or library service. (Consider for example activities that have created new or enhanced services, pioneered new methods of delivery/access to information, championed services to unserved/underserved populations in the community.)

  • Contributions to examining women’s issues in librarianship.  (Consider for example activities such as support for equity; participation in local, state, national, professional and/or government and voluntary activities that support women’s concerns; publications.)

Members of the WILR Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.

NOMINATION PROCESS
Submit a one page letter that describes how the nominee meets any of the criteria 
and offer any information about the nominee’s career.

Members of the WILR Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.


AWARD PROCESS

The Executive Committee will review the nominations and select the recipient.  A plaque and $200 will be presented at the NCLA Conference to the award recipient.

NOMINATIONS DUE AUGUST 16, 2019






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