2019 Research Poster Session: Call for Proposals

ALA Annual Conference 2019 logoThe Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) invites proposals for the 2019 WGSS Research Poster Session, to be held as part of the ALA Annual Conference General Poster Session, located in the exhibits hall at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. The WGSS has a dedicated time from 11:30-1:00 on Saturday, June 22nd for our posters to be displayed and discussed. We would also like those who are able and willing to present their posters at the WGSS General Membership Meeting at 4:30 the same day, to encourage maximum feedback.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching partnerships, critical information literacy initiatives, critical cataloging, archival practices, collection development, and scholarly communications related to women and gender studies. Topics dealing with feminism and librarianship are also welcome. For research ideas, see the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 8, 2019. Following a double-blind peer-review process, applicants will be notified in late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now. You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

2018 ALA Research Posters

Whether you were able to attend the WGSS poster session at ALA in New Orleans or not, you can enjoy these posters virtually:

ACRL WGSS National Women’s Studies Association Liaison 2018-2021 Recruiting Call

The ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021) as the ACRL Liaison to the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach and communication between NWSA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and WGSS.

About NWSA
“Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

Our commitments are to: illuminate the ways in which women’s studies are vital to education; to demonstrate the contributions of feminist scholarship that is comparative, global, intersectional and interdisciplinary to understandings of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; and to promote synergistic relationships between scholarship, teaching and civic engagement in understandings of culture and society.”

Liaison responsibilities and expectations:

  • Attend the NWSA Annual Conference in November, participating in the Librarians Task Force of NWSA, and submitting panels and/or giving presentations as desired
  • Communicate with the WGSS membership via reports in the newsletter and emails to WGSS-L promoting WGSS participation in NWSA
  • Attend WGSS Executive Committee meetings (the committee meets virtually for the Midwinter conference)
  • Attend ACRL Liaison Assembly meetings at ALA Annual
  • Provide a liaison report to ACRL once a year (past examples available upon request)

Deadline for applications: May 15th, 2018


  • Current membership in WGSS (NWSA may be joined upon appointment)
  • Ability to attend NWSA Annual Conferences for the length of the three-year term. Note: you can apply for ACRL Liaison funding to cover conference travel, but this funding is granted via a competitive process and is not guaranteed.
  • Record of participation in either WGSS or NWSA (or both)

Submission Process
Please submit a letter of application outlining your interest and qualifications to Laura Bonella, WGSS Chair, at

Selection Process Timeline
May 16th-31st: WGSS Executive Committee reviews applications and selects liaison
June 1st-8th: WGSS Chair contacts selected candidate and notifies candidates who were not selected.

If you have any questions about the responsibilities of the position, please contact Jennifer Gilley (, the current NWSA liaison.

ACRL WGSS 2018 Award winners announced

We’re thrilled to share the announcement of our 2018 ACRL WGSS Award winners:

Read the Fall 2017 WGSS Newsletter

Our Fall 2017 WGSS Newsletter has been published. In it you’ll find:

  • Chair and committee reports
  • Photos from Annual 2017
  • Links to posters from the Annual Research Forum
  • Publication and project announcements
  • Calls for award nominations
  • NWSA Update
  • Article: Supporting Student Activism Through Archives: Documenting the Women’s March on Washington and Beyond by Chloe Raub (Tulane University)

Do You Know the Next WGSS Award Winners?

One of the best things we can do as librarians is recognize colleagues who make a difference in our profession. You have an opportunity to do this now by nominating someone for one of our two section awards. There are many people in our section who are doing amazing things, and I am sure you also know of non-members who have made important contributions to our discipline. Please take a few minutes to share their good work by nominating them for the Career Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship Award or the Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship Award.

2017 ALA Research Forum Posters

We were thrilled to have three posters presented at our 2017 Research Forum at ALA’s Annual Conference.

Awarding Adherance to Femininity During the First Wave of Feminism in the Ogontz Archives” by Christina Riehman-Murphy

Critical Information Literacy For Women’s and Gender Studies: Development of a Framework” by Julie Adamo, Katherine Ahnberg, Tara Baillargeon, Juliann Couture, Sharon Ladenson, Sherri Saines, and Caitlin Shanley

Facilitating Critical Inquiry: Intersectionality and Information Literacy Instruction” by Sharon Ladenson and Juliann Couture

Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship updated

Jennifer Gilley, chair of the WGSS Research Committee, has updated the Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship. You can always locate it under the Resources page.