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Nina Clements

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Summer Reading

Summer is a great time for reading and writing. Even though my institution has summer session, they don’t seem to make use of research or the library. For one of my writing projects, I’ve been rereading bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress. She makes great use of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and expands it into feminist pedagogy. In the library classroom, I often feel forced to choose between feminist praxis and the pressing demands of.. Read More

Updated Schedule of WGSS Events at ALA

I’m looking forward to ALA and the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with section members. We’ve got an exciting lineup of events, which are listed here.   As an update, our WGSS social will take place directly after our membership meeting and poster session: Saturday, June 28, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm   General Membership Forum/Poster Session   LVCC-N115 Note: We’ll be joined by scholars from the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada.  Light.. Read More

WGSS Social at Midwinter

The WGSS Membership Committee is sponsoring a social at this year’s ALA Midwinter! This is a fun way to connect with section members outside the formal meeting spaces and conference calls of ALA. Please join your fellow WGSSers for good conversation, food, and drink on Saturday, January 25. Here are the details: Saturday, January 25 5:30 p.m. until ? Moriarty’s Pub 1116 Walnut Street (about 4 blocks from the convention center)   We hope to.. Read More

Feminist Highlights from 2013

My favorite news sources seem to abound with tidings of feminism’s resurgence in 2013. One of my favorite collages of feminist moments is courtesy of PolicyMic. Of course, as much as I enjoy images like these and reading about feminism in the mainstream media, I can’t help my skepticism. The appearance of the word “feminism” doesn’t necessarily mean that our culture is suddenly devoid of sexism and the other isms it often intersects with–racism.. Read More

Lessons on Structural Racism Lead to Institutional Racism

Many of us have been following the story of Shannon Gibney, an English professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College who was formally sanctioned by her employer after three white, male students in her class filed a racial harassment complaint against her–all for teaching them about structural racism. Rather than seeing their discomfort with the material as part of the educational experience, they complained that they weren’t receiving the education they were paying.. Read More

Instruction reading recommendation

Now that the semester is winding down (in varying degrees), it’s a great time to reflect a little bit on library instruction. I find that during the fall blitz, it’s difficult to find the time to come up with new ideas, let alone reflect on why things worked or didn’t work. Winter break, on the other hand, is a lot quieter, especially those days when we’re in the library without the students. I.. Read More