WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship

Icon that links to nomination submission form This award is given annually to honor a distinguished academic librarian who has made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession. The award recognizes those who have made significant one-time contributions.


Sponsored by Duke University Press. $750 check plus plaque for the recipient.


The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship recognizes one-time achievement, by an individual or a group, during the particular year of the award. Achievement may be in any area of academic Women & Gender Studies librarianship, including, but not limited to:

  • Publication of a monograph, journal article, website, or media product;
  • Talk or other presentation at a nationally recognized conference;
  • Innovations in Women & Gender Studies librarianship, including but not limited to instruction;
  • Development of an exemplary program, collection, digitization project, or access tool to serve Women & Gender Studies students and/or faculty;
  • Significant creative & innovative contribution to the work of the ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section.


Electronic submissions through the online nomination form are required. Nomination should include a nominating letter addressing specific area(s) or criteria and citing concrete examples, and at least one (1) letter of support.

If you have questions or require assistance in completing a nomination packet, please contact Laura Bonella, Kansas State University, laurab@ksu.edu or Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org.

View the full award committee roster here.

2020 Recipient

Photo of John E. Ulmschneider
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Previous Recipients

  • 2019 - Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho
  • 2018 - Shirley Lew and Baharak Yousefi
  • 2017 - Janet Weaver
  • 2016 - No recipient
  • 2015 - Nancy Goebel
  • 2014 - Maria T. Accardi
  • 2013 - Randy Gue
  • 2012 - Kayo Denda, Rhonda Marker, Li Sun, Lucy Vidal, Alicia Graham and Kirsten Canfield
  • 2010 - No recipient
  • 2009 - Ken Middleton
  • 2008 - Jane Sloan
  • 2007 - Jennifer Gilley, Kayo Denda, Jenna Freedman, Sharon Ladenson
  • 2006 - Katherine Kraft; Carrie Kruse and Cynthia Johnson
  • 2005 - Cindy Ingold and Linda Krikos
  • 2004 - Donna Roe
  • 2003 - Sherri Barnes
  • 2002 - Eri Fujieda, Meg Miner, Beth Stafford
  • 2001 - Marilyn Dunn
  • 2000 - Lynn Westbrook

This award was previously sponsored by ABC-CLIO Greenwood.