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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Judy Reynolds Papers: California State University Librarians: Equal Pay, Comparable Worth and Faculty Status
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2013.01.13
    Physical Description: 1 box (1.3 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1965-2000
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Description: 1 Box, 15 Folders
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections and Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Judy Reynolds Papers: California State University Librarians: Equal Pay, Comparable Worth and Faculty Status, 1965-1980, MSS-2013-01-13, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Processed by: Jo Bell Whitlatch Reviewed by: Danelle Moon Date completed: 2013 Imported to Archivists Toolkit: Stephanie Waslohn Date imported: 2013 Encoded by: Archivist Toolkit Date encoded: 2013
    Edited by: Lale Yasemin Kaya Date edited: July 2014
    Reviewed by: Danelle Moon Date reviewed: January 2015

    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of papers, publications, and articles related to the faculty status movement for academic librarians in the 1970s and 1980s and especially within the California State University and Colleges System. Academic librarians faculty status is defined as the same rights and responsibilities as other members of the faculty, including corresponding entitlement to rank, promotion, tenure, compensation, leaves, and research funds, such as sabbaticals. This collection covers all these topics and issues related to length of working year, qualifications for promotion, and layoff. The bulk of the material discusses activities 1973-1980.


    This collection is arranged into one series: Series I: California State University Librarians: Equal Pay, Comparable Worth and Faculty Status, 1965-1980.


    Edwards, Ralph M. The Role of the Beginning Librarian in University Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 1975, pp. 26, 50, 85-86.
    Galloway, R. Dean. Status or stasis: Academic librarians 10 years later. American Libraries, 10:6 (June 1979), pp. 349-352.
    Josephine, Helen. Pay Equity: Comparable Worth Action Guide. Chicago: American Library Association, Office for Library Personnel Resources T.I.P. kit no. 2, 1982.
    Parker, J. Carlyle. Collective Bargaining in California. American Libraries 29:10 (November 1998), p. 38.
    Reynolds, Judy. “Personnel Plan for Librarians”: The early years. California Librarian 38:4 (October 1977), pp. 45-48.
    Reynolds, Judy, and Whitlatch, Jo Bell. Experiences with faculty status in academic libraries. California Librarian 37:1 (January 1976), pp. 32-35.
    Reynolds, Judy, and Whitlatch, Jo Bell. Salary Equity. San Jose, CA: San Jose State University Library. 1979.
    United Professors of California Collection, 1986/59, Labor Archives & Research Center, San Francisco State University. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf7w1006bm/

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Academic librarians –- Faculty status
    San Jose State University (Calif.)
    Pay equity
    Equal pay for equal work