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Sherrill Cheda

Maiden name: Sherrill Schneider

b. Feb. 15, 1936, Osgood, Indiana; d. June 7, 2008 Toronto ON


1958 BA University of Indiana
1963 MLS University of Indiana


1962–1964 Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
1964–1966 Librarian, San Francisco State College
1967 Cataloguer, University of British Columbia
1966–1969 Librarian, Simon Fraser University
1969–1973 Librarian, Indian and Eskimo Association, Toronto
1973–1978 Chief Librarian, Seneca College, Toronto
1978–1979 Chair, Applied Arts Division, Seneca College, Toronto


Cheda, Sherrill, comp. (1974). “Women: a selected annotated bibliography.” Prepared for Women's day, Canadian Library Association Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 1974. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association.

“The library in the political process.” (1974). [sound recording] Al Bowron, Sherrill Cheda. Moderator John Marshall. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Library Science. 2 sound cassettes.

Cheda, Sherrill. (1974) “Women and Management: A Selective Bibliography 1970-73.” Canadian Library Journal 31, no. 1 (February): 27.

Cheda, Sherrill. (1974) “That Special Little Mechanism.” Canadian Library Journal 31, no. 5 (October): 422–432.

Cheda, Sherrill. (1974) “Women in the Library Profession.” Emergency Librarian 1 (June-July) 5–6: 28–32.

Cheda, Sherrill, and Phyllis Yaffe. (1977) “Going Nowhere—CLA 1977.” Emergency Librarian 4 (July): 3–6.

Cheda, Sherill (1977). “Indian Women: An Historical Example and a Contemporary View,” in Marylee Stephenson, ed., Women in Canada, rev. ed. Don Mills: General Publishing Co., pp. 195-208.

Cheda, Sherrill, Linda Fischer, Phyllis Yaffe, and Mary Ann Wasylycia-Coe (1978). “Salary Differentials of Female and Male Librarians in Canada.” Emergency Librarian 5, no. 3 (February): 3–13.

Cheda, Sherrill. (1978) “What Libraries can do for Women’s Studies.” Canadian Woman Studies. 1, no. 1: 131–134).

Marsden, Lorna R. and Sherrill Cheda. (1984). Women and management in libraries.Toronto: University of Toronto Library & Information Science Alumni Association. (Bertha Bassam lecture in librarianship, 5, 1978).

Cheda, Sherrill, Johanna Stuckey, and Marilyn Kantaroff (1980). “New Feminists Now.” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme vol. 2, no. 2: 27-28.


Co-founder of Emergency Librarian with Phyllis Yaffe and Barbara Clubb.
Sherrill Cheda Graduate Scholarship in Women's Studies, York University. Established in 2008 to honour Sherrill's “contributions to feminism and her dedication to making a difference.”

Other areas of activity:

1979 Executive Director, Canadian Periodical Publisher's Association
1986 Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications
1991–1995 Ontario Publishing Centre
Member, New Feminists; Columnist for Chatelaine; Registrar, Ontario Arts Council


Described by Sandra Martin as “a feminist librarian, arts administrator, and cultural activist.”
“She was convinced of her principles, strong in her views. They were important to her” - Phyllis Yaffe


Emergency Librarian, September 1, 2008, Frances Rooney, “Celebrating the history of a radical feminist Canadian periodical.” Accessed August 15, 2013.
Walker, Susan. “Sherrill Cheda, 72: Arts activist loved books.” Accessed 15 August 2013.
Sherrill Cheda Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
“Feminism and professionalism in librarianship: an interview with Sherrill Cheda. Canadian Library Journal, 34 (1974): 520.

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