The Women’s Studies Section Membership Forum is a really casual time for members to share what’s going on in committee work and new information about what’s going on in Women’s Studies Librarianship in general.
The section is doing some interesting work. There’s a MySpace page and a Facebook page is being discussed. Retention is a hot topic as many people join the section as graduate students, but leave when their official job doesn’t have WGS issues in the description. The Feminist Task Force/Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship/WSS are working together on a report studying the representation of women in programs at ALA, with attention to technology and leadership presentations. There will be research poster presentations rolled into the Membership Forum in the future. This is to share relevant research, but also to allow members (and others) to get feedback on their projects.
My committee, the Instruction Section, is working on rewriting the Information Literacy standards for Women’s and Gender Studies. This project was recently described in an article in the National Women’s Studies Association Newsletter (NWSA Action), and hopefully will be presented at a future NWSA conference.
In outside news, Library Trends (v.56:n.2) is on gender in information needs and services. Looks very interesting!