Gilley wins 2017 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/10/2017


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator


CHICAGO – Jennifer Gilley, head librarian at Penn State University New Kensington, has been selected as the 2017 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

A plaque will be presented to Gilley at a WGSS event during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“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.”

Gilley received her M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her M.A. in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University.

For more information regarding the ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website. 


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