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    Feminist Task Force Meeting & Programs
    Friday, June 22, Feminist Task Force Meeting – 7:30 – 9:00pm, MCC Rm 201-202 (at the SRRT All Task Forces Meeting)
    Saturday, June 2323, Women of
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    Working Party, Sunday, June 24, 6:00-9:00pm, Milton
    Other Meetings & Events of Interest
    Programs and meetings at ALA Annual 2018 that may be of particular interest to FTF members and feminist colleagues, in order by day and time. Event links go to the ALA Conference Scheduler All listings are open to all conference registrants.
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    FTF @ ALA Annual 2018
    FTF Events and Other Events of Interest to FTF Members
    Our list of programs and meetings at ALA Annual 2018 that may be of particular interest to FTF members and feminist colleagues. Read more ...
    Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
    Join the SRRT Feminist Task Force at ALA Annual in New Orleans to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have advanced libraries, librarianship, and library and information science. Read more ...
    New Orleans Side Trips
    Taking a slightly different approach, in recognition of the importance of food and drink to the culture of New Orleans, as well as to collegiality and the forging of new friendships, the "Side Trips" compilers have added the category of Woman-Owned Restaurants and Women Chefs as well as listings of cultural and historical sites that highlight those who worked for progressive social change. Read more ...
    {358px-Melvil_Dewey.jpg} Time to Rename the Dewey Medal?
    FTF Coordinator Sherre Harrington writes: When Anne Ford asked back in January, just before Midwinter, to interview me for the recent American Libraries article (Bringing Harassment Out of the History Books: Addressing the Troubling Aspects of Melvil Dewey’s Legacy, June 1, 2018), I was simultaneously pleased and apprehensive. Did I have the guts to say that I thought ALA should do something about Dewey? Leading up to the interview, I asked Feminist Task Force folks what they thought. The results were surprisingly mixed. Read more...

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    Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    {Edit-a-thon FB Event (2).jpg} Join the SRRT Feminist Task Force at ALA Annual in New Orleans to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have advanced libraries, librarianship, and library and information science.
    While Wikipedia is free and crowd-sourced, its coverage depends on the interests of those who contribute. To this day, the majority of Wikipedia contributors are affluent white men. As a result, some topics remain underrepresented, underdeveloped, or simply absent. This is often the case for representation of women in female-dominated professions, or the female minority in professions where men are dominant.
    SRRT Feminist Task Force has organized two Wikipedia edit-a-thon opportunities during ALA Annual in New Orleans:
    Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon I & II, Saturday, June 23, 9:00-11:30am, MCC Room 264
    In this session, we will provide an overview of Wikipedia editing, as well as how to connect with the larger Wikipedian librarian community and find opportunities to edit or create content in your area of expertise. Edit or create Wikipedia entries using biographies from FTF’s Women of Library History project, continue your work from the LITA Diversity & Inclusion Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and Resource Share, or work on female-identified topics of your choice. Continental breakfast. (Note that Edit-a-thon I & II are listed as separate sessions in the ALA Scheduler - come to one or both!)
    Women of Library History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon III: Working Party, Sunday, June 24, 6:00-9:00pm, at the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 Saint Charles, 504-596-2625
    Come to a Wikipedia editing working party at the historic Milton H. Latter Memorial Library. Continue work from earlier events, or start something new. We’ll be there to help! Look for travel directions & information about a meet-up location for group departure from the Hilton St. Charles. Light vegetarian fare.
    No Wikipedia editing experience necessary but please bring your own laptop.
    For more information, visit our Meetup page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/New_Orleans/WomeninLibraryHistory
    All three sessions are cosponsored by the ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section.
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  4. page Time to Rename the Dewey Medal? edited {wilsmalllogo.jpg} Time to Rename the Dewey Medal? Sherre Harrington {358px-Melvil_Dewey.jpg}…
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    Time to Rename the Dewey Medal?
    Sherre Harrington
    {358px-Melvil_Dewey.jpg} When Anne Ford asked back in January, just before Midwinter, to interview me for the recent American Libraries article (Bringing Harassment Out of the History Books: Addressing the Troubling Aspects of Melvil Dewey’s Legacy, June 1, 2018), I was simultaneously pleased and apprehensive. Did I have the guts to say that I thought ALA should do something about Dewey? Leading up to the interview, I asked Feminist Task Force folks what they thought. The results were surprisingly mixed.
    ALA, for whatever real reason, to all appearances acted appropriately by forcing Dewey out following an ultimatum from prominent women in the organization that they would resign if Dewey were not stopped. Although it’s more complicated than this, it might be possible to say that this moment was foundational to the role of grass roots activism in ALA.
    I am chiefly troubled by the absence of any official ALA recognition of what we might call the “Dewey Problem.” As Ford points out, Dewey remains revered as the “father of modern librarianship” and “a pioneer in the creation of career opportunities for women,” as a Library of Congress biography calls him. OCLC, in its Dewey bio, mentions the Lake Placid Club, "a resort for social, cultural and spiritual enrichment in the Adirondack Mountains," but not its connection to his downfall. On the About ALA web pages, a timeline entry mentions Dewey as a founder, but nothing more. This absence of the real story of the "father of modern librarianship" can easily be interpreted as endorsement. You might even call this lack of information fake news.
    Anne Ford does a good job of providing an overview of Dewey’s record of sexual misconduct and his racism and Antisemitism. Dewey’s behavior is clearly inconsistent with ALA’s core values, as well as the organization’s most recently adopted strategic direction of Equity, Diversion & Inclusion (not to mention the previously established Professional & Leadership Development!). Yet the award that is arguably organization’s most prestigious, the Melvil Dewey Medal for “achievement for recent creative leadership of high order,” bears his name. The Dewey Medal seems to have been established in 1953. Perhaps this was a time when Dewey’s record of sexual misconduct had been forgotten, but even then his problematic past should have been easily uncovered – his forced resignation from the post of New York State Librarian was covered extensively in both national and regional newspapers.
    I’d like to see ALA take responsibility for providing the facts – not fake news – about Melvil Dewey, and to seriously consider renaming the Dewey Medal.
    A few more resources (mostly open access):
    Beck, Clare. A "Private" Grievance against Dewey. American Libraries. January 1996.
    Blakemore, Erin. The Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser. History in the Headlines. December 19, 2017.
    Conradt, Stacy. Melvil Dewey's Dark Side. Mental Floss. October 8, 2015.
    He Kept Jews from Club: Basis for Request for Removal of New York State Librarian. Washington Post. January 21, 1905.
    Melvil Dewey Ousted from New York Library. Los Angeles Herald. August 25, 1905.
    Rabina, Debbie. The Dark Side of Dewey. miNYstories. December 2013.
    State Librarian Dewey is Rebuked by Regents; Must Quit Countenancing Anti-Jewish Campaign or Resign. New York Times. February 16, 1905.
    The Fight Ended: Jewish Opposition to Melvil Dewey Will Oust Him from State Library. Buffalo Commercial. August 17, 1905.
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