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2013 Award Winners

Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at Emory University, is the winner of the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship for his work in arranging, promoting and publicizing the LGBT archives of Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

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Hope Olson, professor in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, has been selected as the 2013 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award.  “The committee selected Hope Olson based on her scholarship and teaching, especially the emphasis on feminism in information studies and librarianship,” said award Chair Pamela Mann of St. Mary's College of Maryland. “We were particularly impressed with the way she incorporated the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship into the classroom.”

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2012 Award Winners

Kayo Denda, Alicia Graham, Rhonda Marker and Li Sun of Rutgers University Libraries and Kirsten Canfield and Lucy Vidal of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University are the winners of the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. Denda, Marker, Sun, Vidal, Graham and Canfield were recognized for their work on the Poster Collection portal,http://cwgl.rutgers.edu/globalcenter/additional.html, which provides digitized access to approximately 300 posters from women’s rights organizations.

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Ellen Greenblatt, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado-Denver Auraria Library, has been selected as the 2012 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. "Ellen Greenblatt has continuously made significant contributions in Women and Gender Studies librarianship,” said award Chair Jane Nichols of Oregon State University. “Through her service and scholarship, she has been at the forefront of LGBTIQ librarianship. She expanded the profession’s understanding of problematic language used to describe theLGBTIQ community and co-revised a bilingual thesaurus to establish appropriate terminology for access. Her many publications are excellent resources for librarians and archivists who wish to develop services for the LGBTIQ community. Greenblatt’s colleagues and nominees are inspired by her leadership and achievements.”

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2011 Award Winners

Kay Cassell, director of the Master of Library and Information Science Program and lecturer at the School of Communication and Information, Library and Information Science Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award.  The award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO Greenwood, honors significant long-standing contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

“Over the course of her distinguished career, Kay Cassell has continuously made significant contributions in women’s studies librarianship,” said award Chair Kayo Denda, women’s studies librarian and head of the Margery Somers Foster Center  at Rutgers University. “She expanded library collections on women’s issues and material authored by women and created frameworks to develop programming for women and girls in public library settings. Her exemplary research bridges theory and practice, a core goal of feminist librarianship, inspiring numerous libraries and librarians in public and academic settings all over the world.”

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The Significant Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship award was not offered this year, due to withdrawal of financial support.


2010 Award Winners

Cindy Ingold, women and gender resources librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the 2010 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, honors significant long-standing contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

“Cindy has continuously demonstrated significant contributions and dedication to Women’s Studies librarianship, including her extensive service to WSS and ACRL, as well as her exemplary publications,” said Diana King, chair of the WSS award committee and associate librarian at the UCLA Arts Library. “These include her co-editorship of “Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography” (2004), co-editorship and article contribution to a special issue of Library Trends on “Gender Issues in Information Needs and Services” and numerous other publications and presentations.

“Her work to successfully move an under-utilized departmental library into an integrated and circulating collection was also particularly cited in her nomination, as were her notable efforts in outreach to students and faculty in Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies programs.”

Ingold received her B.A. in History and her M.A. in English from Western Illinois University. She earned her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri.

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The Significant Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship award was not offered this year, due to withdrawal of financial support.


2009 Award Winners

Linda Krikos, faculty emeritus at The Ohio State University Libraries, has been selected as the 2009 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. “In addition to leading one of the nation’s finest women’s studies libraries from 1990-2007, Linda conducted and published research that made it possible for other women’s studies librarians to do their jobs effectively,” said Jennifer Gilley, chair of the WSS award committee. “She reviewed the major women’s studies periodical indexes, advocated for women’s studies bibliographic instruction and ultimately co-edited the third edition of Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography as well as writing several of its chapters. Linda is an active and devoted member of WSS and a leader in the field of women’s studies librarianship, both in her practice and her research.”

Ken Middleton, user services librarian at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), is the winner of the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. “Ken’s latest impressive achievement in women’s studies librarianship is his database Discovering American Women’s History Online, which brings together 405 digital collections of primary sources in women’s history in a format that has multiple browse and search options,” said Jennifer Gilley, chair of the WSS award committee. “Each collection is annotated and assigned subject headings to make it more accessible to women’s studies researchers. The awards committee predicts widespread use for this amazing resource.” Discovering American Women’s History Online is available at: http://library.mtsu.edu/digitalprojects/womenshistory.php.


2008 Award Winners

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." 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. "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."

Dolores Fidishun, head librarian at the Penn State Great Valley Library, has been selected as the 2008 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., honors significant long-standing contributions to women's studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career. "Dolores epitomizes what the ACRL Women's Studies Section is all about," said Kelly Barrick, chair of the WSS award committee. "She actively engages in issues involving the practices of women's studies librarianship and the politics of feminist librarians; she is a pioneering researcher in the study of adult learners, women and technology and she is an extraordinary mentor to librarians in all fields of the profession. One nominator wrote that Ms. Fidishun has an 'unselfish spirit to serve and assist others.' I couldn't agree more."


2007 Award Winners

The winner of the 2007 Women's Studies Section Career Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship is Sandy River, Architecture and Humanities Librarian at the Texas Tech University Libraries, and former chair of the Women's Studies Section. Ms. River has been a shining star in the profession and particularly the Women's Studies Section, having served on every committee in the Section.

The 2007 winners of the Women's Studies Section Significant Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship are Jennifer Gilley, Kayo Denda, Jenna Freedman, and Sharon Ladenson for their 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."


2006 Award Winners

The winner of the 2006 Women’s Studies Section Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship is Marlene Manoff, Associate Head, Collection Manager, Humanities Library at MIT, and former chair of the Women's Studies Section. Dr. Manoff's career exemplifies academic and research library service in women's studies.

The 2006 winners of theWomen’s Studies Section Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship are Katherine Kraft and Carrie Kruse and Cynthia Johnson. Katherine Kraft receives the award for her leadership in the processing of the papers from the National Organization for Women (NOW), Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), and the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. Cynthia Johnson and Carrie Kruse are recognized for their work in the creation of the database for the WSS Core Books project.

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2005 Award Winners

The winner of the 2005 Women’s Studies Section Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship is Ellen Broidy, Collections, Research and Instructional Services Head at UCLA's Young Research Library.

Ellen's contributions go far beyond her role in the founding of WSS. She has published extensively on women's library issues, has contributed to a number of reference works, and is a frequent presenter and panel moderator. She is also recognized as a consummate teacher-librarian.

The 2005 winners of the Women’s Studies Section Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship are Cindy Ingold, Women's Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Linda Krikos, Head, Women's Studies Library at Ohio State University. They are recognized for their collaboration as editors of Women's Studies: a Recommended Bibliography, 3rd edition, published by Libraries Unlimited. The bibliography, covering material in nineteen topic areas, includes chapters written by fourteen outside contributors in addition to Cindy and Linda themselves. As editors, they invited and encouraged their contributors, found and maintained the interest of a publisher, and completed the final editing and indexing of the manuscript for publication. All agree that the bibiliography will be use by librarians, researchers, and students for some time to come.


2004 Award Winners

The winner of the 2004 Women’s Studies Section Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship is Phyllis Holman Weisbard, Women’s Studies Librarian, University of Wisconsin System.

The Women’s Studies Section is honored to give this award to Phyllis Holman Weisbard. Her leadership in the area of Women’s Studies resources in technology, particularly through the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Librarian’s office web site and its accompanying resources, along with her recognized contributions to the discipline of Women’s Studies, both in and outside of libraries, made her an obvious choice.

The 2004 winner of the Women’s Studies Section Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship is Donna M. Roe, Senior Librarian/ Head of Cataloging/Database Mgt., University of Detroit Mercy.

Donna Roe is an example for all Women’s Studies librarians. She has brought Women’s Studies into the forefront of her institution, creating a web site, advocating for budget funds for disciplinary resources, and supporting faculty in many ways. Her accomplishments give us all encouragement as we seek to be advocates for those we serve in Women’s Studies Libraries.

The awards were presented on Monday, June 28 at 8:30 am at the start of the WSS Program: Telling Our Stories Now: Women's Archives in the Digital Age which will be held in the Renaissance Orlando Resort Librid room.


2003 Award Winners

The winner of the 2003 ACRL WSS Award for Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship is Ruth H. Dickstein, Reference Librarian, Specialist in Women’s Studies and History at the University of Arizona.

Sherri Barnes is the winner of the 2003 ACRL WSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship for her web site "Black American Feminism: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography", at http://www.library.ucsb.edu/blackfeminism/.

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2002 Award Winners

The ACRL WSS Award for Career Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship went to Joan Ariel, Women's Studies and History Librarian, University of California, Irvine.

The ACRL WSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship went to Beth Safford, Eri Fujieda, and Meg Miner, who worked on the Women's Studies Preservation Project, 1997-2001, at the Women and Gender Resources Library, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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2001 Award Winners

The ACRL WSS Award for Career Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship went to Sarah Pritchard, University Librarian University of California Santa Barbara.

The ACRL WSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship went to Marilyn Dunn, College Librarian Hartwick College for her project, Matrix, a scholarly resource for the study of women's religious communities from 400 to 1600 CE.

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2000 Award Winners

The ACRL WSS Award for Career Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship went to Sue E. Searing, for her exemplary commitment and dedication over many years to the cause of Women’s Studies librarianship.

The ACRL WSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women’s Studies Librarianship went to Lynn Westbrook for her book Interdisciplinary Information Seeking in Women's Studies (McFarland & Co., 1999).

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