Librarians, Part 2

Almost as soon as public libraries began flourishing, librarian quickly became one of the most female-dominated jobs in the country. Cristen and Caroline break down was being a librarian was really like back in the day and the badass women who've shaped these community centers of learning and culture.

Episode sources:

"Harsh, Vivian Gordon." Black Past.

"Library Workers: Facts & Figures." The Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees." 2011.

"Mary Salome Cutler Fairchild." Encyclopaedia Britannica.

"Mary Wright Plummer." American Library Association Archives.

"Melvin Dewey, Compulsive Innovator." American Libraries. 2014.

"Peterborough Town Library." Atlas Obscura.

"'The Best Man in America Is a Woman': Katharine L. Sharp and the First Lady Librarians." American Library Association Archives.

"The Stereotype Stereotype: Our obsession with librarian representation." American Libraries. 2015.

"Timeline in Library Development for African Americans." American Libraries.

"Women in American Librarianship and Valuing Women's Work." Librarified.

Academic insights:

"Celebrating African-American Librarians and Librarianship." Alma Dawson. Library Trends. Summer 2000.

"The Tender Technicians: The Feminization of Public Librarianship, 1876 - 1905." Journal of Social History. 1973.

Topics in this Podcast: women's work, books, civil rights, black history, literacy, library