For immediate release | March 8, 2024

ALA Women’s Groups to Host Bridging the Gap: In Support of Women in Librarianship – A Conversation with ALA Presidents, March 25

In celebration of Women’s History Month (observed every March), the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Women & Gender Studies Section (ACRL - WGSS), and the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force (SRRT – FTF) will jointly host ‘Bridging the Gap: In Support of Women in Librarianship – A conversation with ALA Presidents' on March 25, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central). Register now to attend this free session.

Dr. Nicole Cooke, in conversation with ALA Presidents ─current, future, and past─ will moderate a lively discussion about how to intentionally support women in librarianship and the way forward for the profession. The conversation will touch on the harassment of women in librarianship, attempts to negate their heritage and their professional experiences. The goal is to discover ways to strengthen our profession while advocating for library workers, libraries, and the communities we serve.

Speakers include:

  • Emily Drabinski, ALA President
  • Cindy Hohl, ALA President-Elect, and
  • Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada, ALA Immediate Past President

National Women’s History Month traces its origins back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was later observed in 1909 on that date and is currently observed on March 8 each year. In 1981, the U.S. Congress designated the second week of March as National Women’s History Week, and in 1987 Congress expanded it to a month-long observance.

Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month and explore various facets of issues that affect women working in libraries today. Register now for this complimentary session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair, COSWL
Kari Weaver, Chair, ACRL - WGSS
Katelyn Browne, Coordinator, SRRT – FTF


Beatrice Calvin, MA, CWWS, CDF

Manager, Professional Development

Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)