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Women of Library History on Tumblr

To wrap up Women’s History Month, we want to point you to this incredible resource from the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association. Women of Library History highlights a different woman for each day of the month. Make sure you check out their Call for Submissions (2014), too. Is there someone in your library you’d like to highlight? Women of Library History can be accessed at: http://womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com

International Women’s Day 2014

Happy Women’s History Month! To begin the month, we are highlighting International Women’s Day on March 8. The official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all.” Another theme that sprang from this is “Inspiring change.” Below are some resources and news topics. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) news feature: “Moving Beyond Stereotypes: A Discussion Honoring International Women’s Day” http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2014/wd2014.html United Nations pages:.. Read More

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium

An announcement from Litwin Books, LLC: CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium The University of Toronto, October 18, 2014 Gender and sexuality are two of the critical organizing axes of contemporary life. Alongside and intersecting with race, class, nation, and others, they constitute the ways through which we make ourselves known to ourselves and to one another: as men, women, or one of the 58 new gender options.. 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.. 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,.. 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.. 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.. Read More

#NotYourAsianSidekick: Asian American feminist online conversations

Last Thursday, January 16, 2014, 18MillionRising (18MR) had its first public forum online for their  #NotYourAsianSidekick campaign through Google Hangouts. The topics: the #NotYourAsianSidekick trend on Twitter, which started in mid-December 2013, women of color and feminism, and using social media for activism and community organizing. The forum consisted of Asian American panelists, moderated by PaKou Her, campaign director for 18MR. Featured speakers were writer and activist Tanzila Ahmed, Soya.. Read More

Working It Out

Last week, I came across a really interesting book, Working It Out: 23 Women Writers, Artists, Scientists, and Scholars Talk About Their Lives and Work (edited by Sara Ruddick and Pamela Daniels). It was published in 1977, some 37 years ago. The edition that we have at George Mason University Libraries was a gift, and on the inside, someone had written “Dear Claudia, I loved this book and thought you would.. 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.. Read More