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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,.. 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.. Read More

Sometimes It Doesn’t Pay to be Modest

According to a recent analysis* of JSTOR articles from the past 60 years commissioned by The Chronicle of Higher Education, women are 56% less likely to cite themselves than men are. Moreover, it’s getting worse. Analysis of articles from just the past ten years showed men to be 64% more likely to cite themselves. The overall percentage of self-citations is pretty low for both men and women (only 1/40th of all.. 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.. 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,.. Read More

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.. 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.. 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.. 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… 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.