This poster will explore the role of gendered ageism as a barrier to tenure track librarianship for female candidates over the age of 40. Preconceptions about the abilities and potential of younger candidates hew closely to the qualifications considered most desirable for full time academic librarian positions. Ageist hiring stereotypes are also significantly more impactful on women and tied to the high status of a youthful and attractive appearance.
Librarianship is a largely female profession, as well as a profession which many enter later in life as a second or third career. For those new librarians who are women over 40 and considering a career in academia, however, gendered age bias creates a barrier to full time employment (tenure track). Employment in academic libraries is still available to older women as part time or adjunct librarians, albeit with less salary, benefits, status, security, or opportunities for advancement. This has the unintended consequence of creating a second class or track of employment for older female librarians from which it is difficult to transition.
The proposed poster will examine the impact of gendered ageism on access to tenure track librarianship through the lenses of scholarship, professional publications, and popular culture.
Sally Stieglitz– Communications and Marketing Librarian , Long Island Library Resources Council