WGSS Research Committee Minutes
2012 ALA Annual Conference
Sunday, June 24th
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Disneyland Hotel, Castle A&B
Kayo Denda, Jennifer Gilley, Pamela Salela, and Susan Wood
Review and Approval of Minutes from 2012 Midwinter Meeting
The minutes from the 2012 Midwinter meeting were approved. They were emailed to members before the annual conference and are available on the WGSS website.
Call for Additions to the Agenda
There were no additions to the agenda.
Revision of the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship
- The committee approved the final draft.
- Jennifer will get the revised Research Agenda posted on the WGSS website as soon as possible.
- The following ideas for marketing the Research Agenda were discussed:
- Send to Hope Olson, who teaches a class on race, gender, & librarianship at UW Milwaukee and used the previous one in her class
- Post message to WSS-L advertising the new version and ask people to send their experiences with the old one in order to document impact
- Kayo will notify Kay Cassell, director of the MLIS program at Rutgers
- Write-up in the WGSS Newsletter
- Post to list-servs: JESSE, WMST-L, FTF-L, and library school alumni list-servs available to committee members
- Investigate putting a link on the ACRL Web page
- Post announcement to WGSS Facebook page
- Post to WGSS blog
- The committee discussed the possibility of turning the research agenda into an article (Jennifer Gilley created an article based on the first one and published it in the NWSA Journal.) Presenting the agenda in some form at the NWSA conference was also discussed (this was also done the first time around). Susan Wood is interested in this idea and will consider it.
- The committee discussed submitting the research agenda to C&RL News, who might be interested in publishing it to serve as a model for other sections who may be interested in creating one. It was noted that C&RL News might publish a blurb about it, if not the whole document.
Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship
- The committee discussed the project of broadening the scope of the Bibliography of Scholarship to include gender studies. Jennifer brought preliminary numerical results for how many articles come up in Library Literature, Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) when searching the terms gender, women, feminis*, men’s studies, male, masculinity, queer, LGBT, sexuality, and transgender. It is clear that the bibliography is going to get much bigger; what is not clear at this stage is whether or not we will need to change the bibliography’s format or limit its scope in order to best manage the increase in possible material.
- It was decided that the committee needs to craft a scope statement for the bibliography; this will be put on the agenda for next year. This task will be informed by Jennifer’s report on the results of updating the bibliography for 2012. How many articles got added? Do we need to limit our scope to just issues affecting academic libraries? Susan suggested limiting to articles from a feminist perspective.
- Pamela suggested reaching out to GLBTRT to see if they want to partner with us to include GLBT articles in our bibliography
Attendance at Midwinter was discussed. As the section is most likely doing away with the all committees meeting time, our Midwinter meeting will probably be virtual.
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