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Ain't Ms. Behavin’ : more pioneering women in information science (SIG HFIS)

Laurie J. Bonnici, lbonnici@GEORGIASOUTHERN.EDU; Maurice Blaustein,; Kathryn La Barre,; Shawne D. Miksa,; Elizabeth Figa,

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once wrote “Well behaved women rarely make history.” With this in mind, we propose to examine once again the lives and work of five pioneering women in library and information science – Henriette Avram, Jean Antes, Toni Carbo, Pauline Atherton Cochrane, and Jessica Melton. These women have had tremendous impact on our field, whether well-known or seldom acknowledged. In this session, we will seek to reveal these pioneers’ contributions in such areas as documentation, information retrieval, classification, automation in library cataloging, and LIS education; to identify reasons for the historical neglect of some of these contributions; and to provide links to our past that will enhance our understanding of current theory and practice in the field of library and information science.

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