Librarians, Part 1


Melvil Dewey, the oh so creepy Father of Librarianship.

Being a librarian was originally a man's job. Then Melvil Dewey and his book-loving bros came along and changed all that. But while the feminization of librarianship offered new a new occupation for women, it was built on old ideas about female nature and its proper place.

Episode sources:

"Harsh, Vivian Gordon." Black Past. http://www.blackpast.org/aah/harsh-vivian-gordon-1890-1960

"Library Workers: Facts & Figures." The Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees." 2011. http://ala-apa.org/files/2012/03/Library-Workers-2011.pdf

"Mary Salome Cutler Fairchild." Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Salome-Cutler-Fairchild

"Mary Wright Plummer." American Library Association Archives. http://archives.library.illinois.edu/ala/mary-wright-plummer/

"Melvin Dewey, Compulsive Innovator." American Libraries. 2014. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2014/03/24/melvil-dewey-compulsive-innovator/

"Peterborough Town Library." Atlas Obscura. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/peterborough-town-library

"'The Best Man in America Is a Woman': Katharine L. Sharp and the First Lady Librarians." American Library Association Archives. http://archives.library.illinois.edu/ala/best-man-america-woman-katharine-l-sharp-foundation-american-librarianship/

"The Stereotype Stereotype: Our obsession with librarian representation." American Libraries. 2015. http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/10/30/the-stereotype-stereotype/

"Timeline in Library Development for African Americans." American Libraries. https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/timeline-in-library-development-for-african-americans/

"Women in American Librarianship and Valuing Women's Work." Librarified. http://www.librarified.net/2010/06/26/women-in-american-librarianship-and-valuing-womens-work/

Academic insights:

"Celebrating African-American Librarians and Librarianship." Alma Dawson. Library Trends. Summer 2000. https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/bitstream/handle/2142/8328/librarytrendsv49i1d_opt.pdf?sequence=1

"The Tender Technicians: The Feminization of Public Librarianship, 1876 - 1905." Journal of Social History. 1973. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/units/bibcontrol/osmc/Garrison.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: women's work, books, reading, literacy