ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Engagement, New York University

CHICAGO – Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Engagement at New York University is the winner of the 2020 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for
Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship. The WGSS award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women and gender studies librarianship.

A plaque and $750 award, donated by Duke University Press, will be presented to Smith-Cruz.

“Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz was selected for the Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship because of her outstanding work with the Lesbian Herstory Archives to collect and preserve materials from the group Salsa Soul Sisters. Her work as an archivist and exhibit coordinator for this group made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of the histories of queer women of color.”

Smith-Cruz received her M.L.S. from Queens College.

For more information regarding the ACRL WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.