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In the News: Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

via TechCrunch: “No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s rights resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by UNICEF… “’Women’s access to technology — and their ability to use it to shape.. Read More

Book Review & Great Images

In honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a related book review and some truly wonderful accompanying images for Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. via Boing Boing.

Call for Proposals – 2014 WGSS Poster Session

The Women & Gender Studies Section will hold its 7th annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The forum seeks to provide an opportunity to present newly completed research or work in progress. Both beginning and established researchers are welcome to apply. Participants may receive collaborative feedback and recommendations for future publishing and/or new initiatives. The.. Read More

Food for Thought: The Shriver Report

The new issue of The Shriver Report is available for view/download now,  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, was developed in partnership with the Center for American Progress.  From the Report‘s site, “The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to provide and parent in a nation that hasn’t kept pace with the modern realities of their lives. It.. Read More

Today in Women’s Studies History: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“On November 12, 1815, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, spokesperson for the rights of women, was born in Johnstown, New York. Stanton formulated the philosophical basis of the woman suffrage movement, blazing a trail many feared to follow…” Learn more about her contribution to women’s suffrage, women’s rights, and American history at the Library Congress; Included in the collection are photos, scanned documents, pamphlets, and more:  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov12.html  

WGSS Achievement Award Nominations

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section is accepting nominations for two awards. WGSS awards are given annually to honor distinguished academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession. The awards recognize those who have made long-standing contributions to the field during a career (the Career Achievement Award) and those who have made significant one-time contributions (the Significant Achievement Award). Nominations are.. Read More

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) will be presenting “Out of the Library and into the Community: Academic Librarians and Community Engagement“ at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, July 1, 8:30am to 10am. Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many.. Read More

WGSS Membership Survey (+chance to win a $25 gift card!)

The Women & Gender Studies Section Executive Committee would like to invite you to participate in a survey about your experience as a WGSS member. The information we gather from this survey will play a direct role in shaping the future of our section, so we hope you will consider taking the time to complete this survey and let your voice be heard! You will also be given the chance to enter and.. Read More

“Out of the Library and into the Community: Academic Librarians and Community Engagement” at the ALA Annual Conference

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) will be presenting “Out of the Library and into the Community: Academic Librarians and Community Engagement“ at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, July 1, 8:30am to 10am. Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many.. Read More