Phelps wins 2015 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/20/2015


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator


CHICAGO – Connie Phelps, librarian, services department, chair at the University of New Orleans, has been selected as the 2015 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 Phelps at the WGSS program on Monday, June 29, during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

“Connie Phelps’s service within WGSS and to librarianship has been wide-ranging, consistent, and productive,” said award Chair Heather Tompkins, reference and instruction librarian for the humanities at Carleton College. “In addition to being Past Chair of the section (2001-02), she has served on or chaired most of the section committees, and in the process mentored and encouraged numerous librarians to grow within the profession. Her openness in sharing knowledge, collaborative nature, and service ethic are central to what makes WGSS not just a career-enhancing section for librarians, but a professional home for those committed to feminism, women’s rights, and all aspects of gender studies librarianship.”

“Connie has also carried the banner of Women’s Studies Librarianship to many places: in her active work in other sections, through meetings with the Feminist Task Force and through her participation in NOW,” continued Tompkins. “In each of these venues she serves as an ambassador not only for our section but for our profession. Connie’s commitment to the section and dedication to women’s studies librarianship is unwavering, inspiring, and deserving of the Career Achievement Award.”

Phelps received her B.A. in History and her M.L.S from Louisiana 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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