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This article argues that librarians should work to adopt domestic partner benefits for employees in unmarried same- and opposite-sex couples given the inequities in compensation manifest in their absence. It provides new information about the domestic partner practices of Tier 1 and Tier 2 institutions based on a spring/fall 2000 telephone survey. The article includes an outline of actions to institute domestic partner benefits in university settings.


Originally published simultaneously in Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 33, No. 1/2, 2001, pp. 31-44; and: Diversity Now: People, Collections, and Services in Academic Libraries (ed: Teresa Y. Neely, and Kuang-Hwei (Janet) Lee-Smeltzer) The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2001, pp. 31-44.

At the time of publication, Polly Thistlethwaite was Coordinator of Instruction and Associate Professor, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, CO.



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