WGSS Award for Career Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship

About the WGSS Award for Career Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship 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.  This award was established in 1999.

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2017 Winner(s)

Jennifer Gilley

Head Librarian, Penn State University New Kensington

“Jennifer Gilley has demonstrated an illustrious career in women and gender studies librarianship,” said award chair Stacy Russo, librarian and associate professor at Santa Ana College. “As a highly-dedicated member of the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section she has served since 1996 in varying capacities, including chair of the section, chair of the Research Committee, and as a member of the Program Planning Committee. She has also served as the liaison between WGSS and the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) since 2013. She has been a leader in creating and maintaining WGSS’ Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.”

“Gilley has an international reputation in women’s studies for her work on feminist publishing and information-seeking behavior in women’s studies,” continued Russo. “She has presented at numerous conferences in addition to ALA, ACRL, and NWSA, including the Fifteenth International Conference on Books in London and Publishing Feminisms Symposium in Canada. Her writing has appeared in Reference & User Services Quarterly; American Libraries; The International Journal of the Book; National Women’s Studies Association Journal; and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Gilley’s essay “Feminist Publishing/Publishing Feminism: Experimentation in Second Wave Book Publishing” is the lead chapter in This Book is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics (University of Illinois Press, 2016), which was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2016.”

“At the Penn State New Kensington campus, Gilley has served as the liaison to Penn State University’s Commission for Women for the past decade,” said Russo. “She has received numerous awards for research development from Penn State University, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and other organizations. Her career accomplishments in women and gender studies librarianship are inspiring, exceptional, and unwavering.”