ACRL presents 2007 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2007

ACRL presents 2007 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

CHICAGO – The winners of the 2007 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship presented a panel at the 2006 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) meeting, entitled “Locating Women’s Studies Information: Contemporary Quandaries in Providing Effective Access to Feminist Materials.” The panelists were as follows:

* Jennifer Gilley, head librarian, Penn State New Kensington

* Kayo Denda, women’s studies librarian, Rutgers University

* Jenna Freedman, coordinator of reference services and zine librarian, Barnard College

* Sharon Ladenson, gender studies and communications librarian, Michigan State University

The WSS award, sponsored by Routledge, honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship.

A $1,000 award and a plaque will be presented to the four panelists during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. at the WSS Program on Monday, June 25, at 8 a.m.

“The panel covered important issues related to women’s studies resources,” said Megan Adams Brooks, chair of the WSS award committee. “The panel was significant for taking the initiative as librarians to present at a conference of the professional organization of women’s studies teaching faculty and researchers. By addressing several issues related to women’s studies resources, the panel offered an excellent model that should encourage other members of WSS to prepare panel proposals for future NWSA conferences.”

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.