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WGSS Social at Midwinter

The WGSS Membership Committee is sponsoring a social at this year’s ALA Midwinter! This is a fun way to connect with section members outside the formal meeting spaces and conference calls of ALA. Please join your fellow WGSSers for good conversation, food, and drink on Saturday, January 25. Here are the details: Saturday, January 25 5:30 p.m. until ? Moriarty’s Pub 1116 Walnut Street (about 4 blocks from the convention center)  .. Read More

Feminist Highlights from 2013

My favorite news sources seem to abound with tidings of feminism’s resurgence in 2013. One of my favorite collages of feminist moments is courtesy of PolicyMic. Of course, as much as I enjoy images like these and reading about feminism in the mainstream media, I can’t help my skepticism. The appearance of the word “feminism” doesn’t necessarily mean that our culture is suddenly devoid of sexism and the other isms it.. Read More

Lessons on Structural Racism Lead to Institutional Racism

Many of us have been following the story of Shannon Gibney, an English professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College who was formally sanctioned by her employer after three white, male students in her class filed a racial harassment complaint against her–all for teaching them about structural racism. Rather than seeing their discomfort with the material as part of the educational experience, they complained that they weren’t receiving the education.. Read More

Save the Date for the WGSS Discussion at Midwinter

If you haven’t already seen it, the ALA Midwinter 2014 schedule is up. Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Marriott (Franklin 09).  More information about the WGSS Discussion Group topic and the Social will follow, so stay tuned.

Instruction reading recommendation

Now that the semester is winding down (in varying degrees), it’s a great time to reflect a little bit on library instruction. I find that during the fall blitz, it’s difficult to find the time to come up with new ideas, let alone reflect on why things worked or didn’t work. Winter break, on the other hand, is a lot quieter, especially those days when we’re in the library without.. Read More

Today in Women’s Studies History: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“On November 12, 1815, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, spokesperson for the rights of women, was born in Johnstown, New York. Stanton formulated the philosophical basis of the woman suffrage movement, blazing a trail many feared to follow…” Learn more about her contribution to women’s suffrage, women’s rights, and American history at the Library Congress; Included in the collection are photos, scanned documents, pamphlets, and more:  

WGSS Achievement Award Nominations

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section is accepting nominations for two awards. WGSS awards are given annually to honor distinguished academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession. The awards recognize those who have made long-standing contributions to the field during a career (the Career Achievement Award) and those who have made significant one-time contributions (the Significant Achievement.. Read More

WGSS Research Posters Now Online

If  you missed the Research Poster Session at the WGSS Membership Forum at Annual, or didn’t get to spend as much time as you would have liked looking at them, most of the posters are now available online at:

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) will be presenting “Out of the Library and into the Community: Academic Librarians and Community Engagement“ at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, July 1, 8:30am to 10am. Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice.. Read More

WGSS Membership Survey (+chance to win a $25 gift card!)

The Women & Gender Studies Section Executive Committee would like to invite you to participate in a survey about your experience as a WGSS member. The information we gather from this survey will play a direct role in shaping the future of our section, so we hope you will consider taking the time to complete this survey and let your voice be heard! You will also be given the chance.. Read More