ACRL presents 2008 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

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ACRL Program Coordinator

(312) 280-2514
For Immediate Release,

February 27, 2008

ACRL presents 2008 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

CHICAGO - Jane Sloan, media librarian at Rutgers University, is the winner of the 2008 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies Section (WSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman's Studies Librarianship.

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

Sloan will receive her $1,000 award and plaque during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., at the WSS Program at 8a.m. on Monday, June 30.

“Jane Sloan's recently published book, “Reel Women: An International Directory of Contemporary Feature Films about Women” (Scarecrow Press, 2007), fills a void in the study of film and women,” said Kelly Barrick, chair of the WSS award committee and coordinator, reference and instruction, and librarian for gay and lesbian studies and women's studies at Yale University. “No such reference book prior to its publication contributed in such a unique and substantial way to the field. The introductory critical survey written by Ms. Sloan is a worthy achievement in and of itself and speaks to her tireless effort and expert knowledge in compiling this invaluable reference book.”

Sloan received her B.A. in political science from Loyola University of Chicago. She earned her M.A. in library science from the University of Wisconsin and her M.A. in film studies from San Francisco State University.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), 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.