ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section Blog

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The New VIDA Numbers Are Out

…and while they’re somewhat higher, they’re still pretty low. What, pray tell, are VIDA numbers? The VIDA Count is an annual tally of the number of female  reviewers, female authored pieces, and reviews of female authored books published by a core list of influential literary publications. These publications include titles such as The Paris Review and The New York Review of Books. Essentially, it’s a way to gauge how many women are represented in a.. Read More

ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section Poster Sessions

The Women & Gender Studies Section will hold its sixth annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 29, 2013, 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

Looking for a Research Project?

The WGSS Research Committee is happy to announce that the newly revised Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship is now available on the website at: http://libr.org/wgss/committees/research/resagenda.html. This version of the research agenda includes literature reviews of what has been published in each area since the original research agenda was created and is therefore especially useful to a new researcher. Please check it out and be inspired! Also, the committee is looking.. Read More

WSS Member Publishes a New Book

An Author among us! Congratulations Lauren Pressley.  Lauren wrote a book, “So You Want To Be A Librarian” http://laurenpressley.com/library/?p=922 BTW, she will be signing copies at ALA booth 1637, Exhibits Hall, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago at 10am, Sunday, July 12, 2009.

New article on women in librarianship

FYI, a new article just came out in The Library Quarterly (v.79, no.3 July 2009) by Kate McDowell entitled “Surveying the Field: The Research Model of Women in Librarianship, 1882-1898.” It concerns the historic development by women of a qualitative and systematic research model developed for the study of youth services in libraries. For those with online access to U. of Chicago Press journals, the link is available here.

WSS Members Published in C&RL News

WSS Members Jane Nichols (Oregon State University) and Rebecca Tolley-Stokes (East Tennessee State University) both had articles published in the May 2009 issue of C&RL News. Check out their research here: Library a la Carte: Research and course guides made to order, by Jane Nichols Try on a new pair of sensible shoes: What libraries can learn from Zappos about customer service and organizational culture, by Rebecca Tolley-Stokes

WSS Program at Annual in Chicago

Gaming, Film, and Ephemera: Women’s Studies and Academic Collections Monday, July 13, 2009 8:00-8:30: WSS Awards Presentation 8:30-12:00: WSS Program Location: McCormick Place West W-192b The panel will address mixed archival collections at the Schlesinger Library, the UIUC Gaming collection, and experiences conducting research on African American women and film. This program will address collection management and research strategies related to popular culture collections in academic libraries. Many collections directly relate to the.. Read More

Accessibility to Library Databases and Other Online Library Resources for People with Disabilities

Are your library’s databases accessible to people with disabilities? Do they comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? How about your other licensed resources, such as ejournals, ebooks, and metasearch engines? Catalogs, chat software, wikis and other web 2.0 applications? There is a wiki page on ASCLA’s new wiki to help librarians find and share the answers to these questions. From this page http://ascla.ala.org/toolkit/index.php?title=Main_Page , go.. Read More

Collection Development Survey

Michelle M. Martínez, Assistant Professor & Reference Librarian at Sam Houston State University, is researching collection development policies and would appreciate a response to the short survey below. She is finding that the majority of academic libraries are very broad in their collection development scope, and while that’s quite useful for purchasing power, it may backfire when it comes to needing to justify a purchase to an irate or offended library-user http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=2vAwAEenLWn3N5_2bLRmHi_2fw_3d_3d

CFP: ACRL Women’ Studies Section Poster Session

The Women’s Studies Section will hold its second annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 4:00-5:30 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 potential scope.. Read More