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ACRL 2015: Conversation About Search Engine Bias

One of the highlights of my ACRL experience was getting to listen to Safiya Umoja Noble speak about how search engines represent women, especially women of color. You can read more about her fascinating presentation in this American Libraries article. You can also find out more about her research and publications on her website. ~ Susan Gilman, Research Librarian, Lamont, Tozzer, and Widener Libraries, Harvard University

Uncivil LIS #critlib on Twitter, 9/30/14

One of the advantages afforded to us by social media is the ability to engage others in our profession, across distances and in real-time. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 9-10 p.m. Eastern time, #critlib and Uncivil LIS will be discussing the impact of the Salaita case at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is a great opportunity for members of library and information professions to engage with others on topics that are.. Read More

Women’s & Gender Studies and Academic Freedom @ UIUC

Even before the 2014-2015 academic year started, controversy has already been roiling within our higher ed circles. The heat, it seems, is just getting hotter. Specifically, the controversy I’m referring to involves the contentious un-hiring of Dr. Steven Salaita from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) American Indian Studies (AIS) Program’s roster of faculty members. There is much to learn and understand about the Salaita case, the high volume of information generated.. Read More

Anti-Feminism in the Digital Age

In case you haven’t heard, the interwebs is alight with controversy, yet again. Well, more accurately, when is it not alight with controversy, right? There are myriad controversies that abound within the spaces of social media and the corners of the internet. Most relevant to us on this blog and ACRL-WGSS is Women Against Feminism (WAF) on Tumblr and Facebook, which has been catching fire recently. As soon as famous celebrities start getting.. Read More

Conducting Ourselves…Professionally

Since Midwinter 2014, ALA has established a Conference Code of Conduct with which attendees need to comply. It is ALA’s stance against harassment of any kind during conferences. I am sure questions abound. First, why is a blog post on conference anti-harassment policy tagged with “feminism”? Though the language of ALA’s Conference Code of Conduct covers the broad spectrum of potential targets of harassing behavior–from gender identity and expression to race, religion, and language–the.. Read More

Three Hashtags Discussing Issues Relevant to Women and Gender Studies

Image from Kindle, an online magazine from Kolkata, India. It comes from the article #Hashing It Out: Democracy and Discourse in Twitterverse by Koli Mitra (October 2, 2013) According to the ACRL WGSS website, our section “was formed to discuss, promote, and support women’s studies collections and services in academic and research libraries.” I agree with this statement, but… I posit that while library collections and services in academic and research libraries are.. Read More

ACRL WGSS @ ALAAnnual14, Las Vegas

ACRL WGSS is looking forward to seeing new and long-time members in Las Vegas, Nevada! Below is a schedule of meeting times and locations. If you use ALA Scheduler, please be sure to include these! Saturday, June 28 All Committees Meeting (ACRL WGSS) 8:30 am – 10:00 am BALLY-Las Vegas 3 General Membership Forum (ACRL WGSS) 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm LVCC-N115 WGSS Social 6:00-8:00 p.m. Off-Site Location (Still to be determined) Sunday, June 29 Executive.. Read More

Excerpts from “Making the Grade”: Gender Matters

Women’s History Month is an important time set aside for us all to consider the many voices that have paved the way to our present state of social progress. It is also a time to honor current voices that help us look at our collective past and anticipate a brighter future. ACRL WGSS marks Women’s History Month 2014 with guest articles from different areas and perspectives. Our second article comes from Angi Caster,.. Read More

Mainstream Feminism: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t (Always)

For Women’s History Month 2014, ACRL WGSS has asked writers from outside of the association to share their writing on our blog. The first piece comes from Alex Dill. She is a working writer living and daydreaming in Manhattan, NYC. You can find her first published work, a book of collected poetry entitled Venn Diagrams, wherever eBooks are sold. For more thoughts on feminism in this post-millenium world, check out her blog continuumissues. Please give Alex.. Read More