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Council of Librarians

The Council of Librarians was formed in 1967 to provide a codified framework for librarians to participate in the strategic planning process and personnel-related activities for the libraries. The Council of Librarians is composed of librarians from Gelman and Eckles libraries and governed by a Code and By-Laws (linked below.) The Council meets bimonthly and more frequently as needed.

As stated in the By-Laws, the purpose of the Council of Librarians is to:

  • Provide a venue for librarians and library administration to interact and to discuss issues of substance that affect the services we provide to the public, the collections we build, and the liaisons we build with the university academic departments.
  • Provide a formal structure for the librarians as a whole to participate proactively in the strategic planning process.
  • Provide a forum for supporting professional development and the exchange of ideas on matters that impact us as professional librarians within GW and the wider profession.
  • Define the requirements and procedures for personnel actions affecting librarians in the GW Libraries. These include appointment, reappointment, promotion, performance review, grievance, and termination. The Council of Librarians also defines the professional responsibilities and general conditions of work for librarians in the GW Libraries.

2022-2023 Council of Librarians Meeting Schedule

The following schedule is tentative and may change. Additional meetings may be added to this schedule. Please contact the secretary or chair to confirm. Agenda is posted 1-2 weeks in advance of meeting and minutes are posted after approval at the subsequent meeting. All minutes and other historical Council documents are accessible in GW ScholarSpace

Upcoming Meetings for 2022-2023:

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023; 1:30-3:00pm, in Gelman room 502 and via Zoom
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023; 1:30-3:00pm, in Gelman room 502 and via Zoom 




Librarian Code


The Librarian Code explains the governance structure for the librarians of the GW Libraries of the George Washington University, which recognizes librarian participation in, and contribution to, the university's educational mission. GW Libraries strives to recruit, develop, and retain an active professional library staff who can support the functions of a major teaching and research institution. To that end, GW Libraries rewards continuous learning, scholarship, and professional achievement. All librarians must participate in activities, both formal and informal, that enhance their work and advance their professional growth.

By-Laws/Rules of Procedure

The Librarian By-laws contains rules regarding the membership, officers, meetings, and committees for the Council of Librarians. 

is an addendum to the bylaws and was approved November 16, 2021.


This resolution asserts the Council's recommendation that should the University require FY21 LAI budget reductions that we consider the collections budget as an area for cost reduction. 


This resolution outlines the principles and procedures for open attendance at all regular Council meetings and reasserts the Council's commitment to transparency, inclusivity, and collaboration. 

2022-2023 Council of Librarian Officers

Council Executive Committee is composed of Council officers and the Chair of each Council committee.

2022-2023 Council of Librarian Committees

Code & By-Laws Committee

  • Josh McDonald, chair (2021-2023)
  • David Ettinger (2021-2023)
  • Vakil Smallen (2022-2024)
  • Cathy Zeljak (2022-2024)

Librarian Review and Development Committee 

  • Kelly Grogg, chair (2021-2023)
  • Peter Cohn (2021-2023)
  • Deborah Bezanson (2022-2024)
  • Misty Trunnell (2022-2024)
  • Ann James (2022-2024)
  • Shmuel Ben-Gad, alternate (2022-2023)

Grievance Committee

  • Dolsy Smith, chair (2022-2024)
  • Amal Cavender (2021-2023)
  • Dan Kerchner (2022-2024)
  • Jen King, alternate (2022-2023)