U.S. Supreme Court Decision Boosts ALA-MLS Requirement
On Oct. 7, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Glenda Merwine's petition for a writ of certiorari. In effect, the action supports the appeals court decision that the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library Science degree is a legitimate, nondiscriminatory standard for hiring academic librarians.
Five years ago, school librarian Merwine charged Mississippi State University with sex discrimination for rejecting her application for a library position later filled by a male. The job notice had specified an ALA-MLS; Merwine has an MA in Education.
At the five-day federal district court trial in May 1983, ALA members testified on both sides …
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Publication information: Article title: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Boosts ALA-MLS Requirement. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Libraries. Volume: 16. Publication date: December 1985. Page number: 757+. © 1984 American Library Association. COPYRIGHT 1985 Gale Group.
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