ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section Blog

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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

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

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

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

Collaboration! Suffolk County Community College’s Feminist Film Series

 Shelby Knox speaks at Suffolk County Community College, March 26, 2014 Susan Wood, Media & Reader Services Librarian: Last fall term, I was invited by faculty members in Sociology and in Counseling & Advising to help plan a series of screenings of feminist documentaries on our campus in conjunction with several student organizations.  I was excited to get involved with feminist programming and to have found an opportunity to promote the Libraries’ Media.. Read More

Gender Composition of Scholarly Publications

Researchers at the University Washington’s Eigenfactor Project have produced a gender browser that shows how many female authors were published in JSTOR journals between 1665 and 2011. A few pertinent facts: For the overall period (1665-2011), only 22% of authorships of any author position are women Women had the highest percentage of authorships (37.3%) for Education Women were the least represented in Mathematics (6.6%) During the period of 1990-2011, the overall percentage of female.. Read More

Accardi wins 2014 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award

Release reprinted from: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/accardi-wins-2014-acrl-wgss-significant-achievement-award CHICAGO — Maria T. Accardi, coordinator of library instruction at Indiana University Southeast, is the winner of the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The WGSS award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship. A plaque will be presented to Accardi at 8:30 a.m. on June 30, 2014, at the WGSS.. Read More

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

Micham wins 2014 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

Release reprinted from:   http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/micham-wins-2014-acrl-wgss-career-achievement-award CHICAGO — Laura Micham, Merle Hoffmann director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture and curator of gender and sexuality history collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Duke University, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions.. Read More