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Reynolds (Judy) Papers
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In the 1960s, librarians in the California State University and Colleges System were one of three academic employee groups along with teaching faculty and student affairs officers. Librarians were the only group of academic employees on a different and lower salary schedule. The collection contains documents related to librarian efforts in the 1970’s and 1980s to attain faculty status for librarians, including equal pay, sabbaticals and a ten-month year.
In the late 1960s, many academic libraries across the U.S. supported the promotion of librarians to faculty status. In 1971, the Association of College and Research Libraries adopted the "Standards for Faculty Status for College and University Librarians." Other important developments were the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with its emphasis on comparing skill, effort and responsibility of positions and the growing awareness of a pattern of depressed wage rates in occupational categories filled primarily by women. Judy Reynolds, who donated this collection, was one of a core group of librarians, who worked with and obtained strong support from the various faculty associations in the California State University, such as the Academic Senate, the United Professors of California, and the California Faculty Association, and professional library associations, especially the State University and Colleges Chapter of the California Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Librarians. Librarian activities and membership in these core associations was significant in building the case and organizational support for faculty status for librarians. When collective bargaining came to the California State University System in the early 1980s, librarians had established a strong community of interest with the faculty and within the first decade of bargaining contracts achieved the same rights and responsibilities as other members of the California State University faculty.
1 box (1.3 linear feet)
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The collection is open for research.