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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. Sincerely,

II?. fr,'JI,&

Robinson l'f o Schill / { ! President, Library Board

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