Alex Poole Wins 2019 ALA Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

Assistant Professor in Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics' (CCI) Department of Information Science, Alex H. Poole, PhD recently received the 2019 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research from the American Library Association Library Research Round Table (LRRT).

Poole’s article, “’Be Damned Pushy at Times’: The Committee on the Status for Women and Feminism in the Archival Profession, 1972-1998,” received “exceptional” ratings from the reviewers for a clear definition of the problem, the application of research methods, the significance of the study, and the clarity of the writing. The reviewers praised both the historical and contemporary relevance of this research. The article (abstract below) was published in The American Archivist (volume 81, number 2 [2018], pages 394-437).

Poole will receive the award at a LRRT program during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. in June 2019.

Poole joins previous Drexel CCI winner, Alice B. Kroeger Professor and Metadata Research Center Director Jane Greenberg, PhD who received the award in 2010 for her paper titled, “Theoretical considerations of lifecycle modeling: An analysis of the Dryad repository demonstrating automatic metadata propagation, inheritance and value system adoption."


Over more than a quarter-century of activity (1972–1998), the Committee on the Status of Women (COSW) tenaciously pursued feminist goals. This article uses COSW (an official SAA committee) as well as the Women's Caucus (an informal interest group) as a lens through which to examine the larger phenomenon of feminism in the archival profession. First, it sets forth the political, social, and cultural context of 1960s and 1970s feminism and discusses the factors that led to the founding of the two groups. Next, it traces their activities in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. COSW and the Women's Caucus worked within while pushing to reshape established SAA organizational structures. The two groups promoted the documentation of women's experiences and the writing of women's history, attacked job discrimination and salary inequities in the profession, lobbied strenuously for women's equitable participation in the SAA, encouraged scholarship by and about women, and supported passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. This article then sets forth the circumstances that led to the dissolution of COSW in 1998 (the caucus continued its longstanding work). Finally, it discusses the vital legacy of the two groups and suggests areas for further research.

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