Librarians, LAUC-B and the AFT: The Struggle for Academic Status at the University of California, Berkeley, 1963-1991
By Bill Whitson
The history of LAUC-B is the history of the development of academic status—of a new, more challenging professional role for librarians. It was precipitated from the cloud of professional self-awareness that emerged nationally in the 1950’s, when Library Council, the statewide advisory group of University Librarians, recommended that librarians be administered within the University structure as academic appointees rather than staff employees. President Clark Kerr made the change on paper in 1962, but the actual implementation of that decision has been a very long, slow process—a process incomplete to this day.
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