Box 13, Folder 20, Document 8

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Box 13, Folder 20, Document 8

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May 22 , 1967
Honorable I van Al l en, Jr .
Mayo r of
t lanta
City Hall
At l anta, Geo rgia 30303
Dear Ma y or Allen:
The news i tem i n th e At l a nt a Const i tution of May 11 h as c ome
Th e article made the
t o the at tention of th e Lib r a r y Boa rd .
f ollow i n g re qu est as p resen ted t o you by th e Atlanta S ummi t
Lead ership Confer en c e:
"Des e gre ga t ion of main lib rary staf f and d esegregat ion
and merit promotions in branch staffs . ;
We would like t o present ou r position to y o u.
Fi rst t he staff at t he Ma in Library i s not segre gate d . Al l
pos i tions in the Main Li brary a re fi ll e d wi t h th e b est qual i fied people we can get. There is a terrific shortage o f
professional librarians t hro u ghou t the co untry and therefore
we are pleased t o employ trained people wh enever and whereever we can get them. Due to the fact that the salaries have
been low and even yet are not too competitive, we are failing
to attract graduates fr om either of our local library schools,
Emory University and Atlanta Universi ty.
As for the second part of the request, it has been th e practice
of the Atlanta Public Library for a period of years to advertise
a11 vacancies first to the staff. There has been no situation
in branch promotions where a qualified applicant has been refused a promotion on the basis of race. The branch staffs are
not segregated.
We feel that the Summit leaders have received a mistaken
impression of the make-up of the library staff. Our motto has
been and is to hire the best person we can get at all times
for each job to better serve our community.
II?. fr,'JI,&
Robinson l'f o Schill / { !
President, Library Board
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