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Selected Bibliography to accompany "Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 1990s: Issues and Challenges"

by Sarah M. Pritchard
Director of Libraries, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

This bibliography was originally background for a speech written for the annual conference of the Michigan Library Association (October 1993). The speech was later published in different form as "Backlash, Backwater, or Back to the Drawing Board? Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the Nineties." Wilson Library Bulletin 68:10 (June 1994): 42-46. Sarah Pritchard and HW Wilson Company have granted permission for this bibliographyto be available via the FTF Web site.

This selected list is designed to show the impact of feminist thinking in librarianship over five years from 1988 to 1993. A few items are included that criticize the feminist perspective or that are contributions from outside librarianship. This is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography for librarianship, feminist theory or women in the workforce.

Ariel, Joan. "Feminist Thought in American Librarianship [book review]." College and Research Libraries 54:2 (March 1993), p. 180- 182.

Atkinson, Steven D., and Judith Hudson, eds. Women Online: Research in Women's Studies Using Online Databases. New York: Haworth Press, 1990.

Baum, Christina. Feminist Thought in American Librarianship. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1992.

Dobson, Cynthia, and Mary Lou Goodyear. "Women in Librarianship: The Research Agenda." p. xi-xxviii in On Account of Sex: An Annotated Bibliography on the Status of Women in Librarianship 1987-1992. Edited by Lori Goetsch and Sarah Watstein. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1993.

Gerhard, Kristin, Trudi E. Jacobson and Susan G. Williamson. "Indexing Adequacy and Interdisciplinary Journals: The Case of Women's Studies." College and Research Libraries 54:2 (March 1993), p. 125- 135.

Goetsch, Lori A. and Sarah B. Watstein, eds. On Account of Sex: An Annotated Bibliography on the Status of Women in Librarianship 1987-1992. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1993. (Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship. Two earlier volumes with the same title covered 1977-81, edited by Kathleen Heim and Katherine Phenix, and 1982-86, edited by Katherine Phenix; both were published by the American Library Association.)

Gough, Cal, and Ellen Greenblatt, eds. Gay and Lesbian Library Service. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1990.

Grotzinger, Laurel A. "Working Women: Separate and not Equal -- A Review Article." Library Quarterly 63:3 (July, 1993), p. 352-363.

Hannigan, Jane Anne, and Hilary Crew. "A Feminist Paradigm for Library and Information Science." Wilson Library Bulletin 68:2 (October 1993), p. 28-32.

Harris, Michael H. "No Love Lost: Library Women vs. Women Who Use Libraries." Progressive Librarian 5 (Summer 1992), p. 1-18.

Harris, Roma. "Gender, Power, and the Dangerous Pursuit of Professionalism." American Libraries 24:9 (October 1993), p. 874- 876.

Harris, Roma. Librarianship: The Erosion of a Woman's Profession. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1992.

Hildenbrand, Suzanne. "Women's Work Within Librarianship: Time to Expand the Feminist Agenda." Library Journal 114:14 (Sept. 1, 1989), p. 153-155.

Hole, Carol. "Click! The Feminization of the Public Library." American Libraries 21:11 (December 1990), p. 1076-1079.

Kenady, Carolyn. Pay Equity: An Action Manual for Library Workers. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.

Kruger, Betsy. Librarianship and Information Science: A Gendered Perspective. [unpublished syllabus for GSLIS 450, Spring 1993]. Urbana: University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 1993.

Mesplay, Deborah, and Loretta Koch. "An Evaluation of Indexing Services for Women's Studies Periodical Literature." RQ 32:3 (Spring 1993), p. 404-410.

Moran, Barbara. "Gender Differences in Leadership." Library Trends 40:3 (Winter 1992), p. 475-491.

Olson, Hope. "Subject Access to Women's Studies Materials." p. 159- 169 in Cataloging Heresy: Challenging the Standard Bibliographic Product: Proceedings of the Congress for Librarians, Feb. 18, 1991, St. John's University, Jamaica, New York. Edited by Bella Hass Weinberg. Medfor, NJ: Learned Information, 1992.

Pritchard, Sarah. "Feminist Thought and the Critique of Information Technology." The Progressive Librarian 8 (Fall 1993), p. 1-9.

Pritchard, Sarah. "The Impact of Feminism on Women in the Profession." Library Journal 114 (August 1989), p. 76-77.

Pritchard, Sarah. "RLG Conspectus for Women's Studies." in Collection Development Policies for Women's Studies. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1992.

Rogers, Margaret N. "Are We on Equal Terms Yet? Subject Headings Concerning Women in 'LCSH,' 1975-1991." Library Resources and Technical Services 37:2 (April 1993), p. 181-196.

Searing, Susan E. "Women's Studies for a 'Women's' Profession: Theory and Practice in Library Science." p. 225-234 in The Knowledge Explosion: Generations of Feminist Scholarship, edited by Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender. New York: Teachers College Press, 1992. [This is an excellent anthology for understanding the application of feminist critique across all disciplines.]

Taylor, H. Jeanie, Cheris Kramarae and Maureen Ebben. Women, Information Technology, and Scholarship. Urbana, IL: Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 1993.

Twombly, Susan B. "New Directions for Studying Women in Higher Education: Lessons from Feminist Phase Theory." Initiatives 54 (1991), p. 9-17.

Vandergrift, Kay. "A Feminist Research Agenda in Youth Literature." Wilson Library Bulletin 68:2 (October 1993), p. 23-27.

Watstein, Sarah B. "Disturbances in the Field: Sexual Harassment and Libraries: Stories from the Front." Wilson Library Bulletin 68:3 (Nov. 1993), p. 43-45.


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