Faculty Book: Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick
Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Magavero: A History Based on the Career of an Academic Librarian
(Library Juice Press, 2007)
Filomena Magavero worked for fifty years at the Stephen B. Luce Library at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. For twenty five of those years she was the only professional woman on the campus. Through the placement of Megavero’s oral history of her career in the context of what was occurring in the library profession at the time, the reader sees that women librarians were in fact a "Disadvantaged Majority" during this time period. Neither the library profession nor society as a whole, offered any encouragement or support for equal pay or better status during her first two decades at the college. A very useful review of the library literature relating to the status of women from 1949 to 2003 and a brief history of the Maritime College itself, part of a unique group of institutions, are also included. Jane Brodsky Fitzpatrick is a member of the Graduate Center library faculty.
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Submitted on: DEC 1, 2007