Category Archives: Women’s Studies Librarianship

ACRL/NY 2018 Symposium: Libraries in Direct Action

Call for Posters

 ACRL/NY is seeking poster proposals for our upcoming symposium: Libraries in Direct Action. We are specifically looking for poster proposals that showcase micro-actions libraries are taking to mitigate and alleviate barriers to patron success.  

 Sample themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

Student wellness and mental health resources in the library 

Collaboration with student support services for student success

Navigating changes in immigration and education policies for students

Food security/food issues for campus communities

Housing issues for campus communities

Environmental impact and sustainability  

Outreach to under served populations 

Other practices for helping patrons through service 


Selection will be done by a blind review; please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.  Proposals can be submitted using this form.


Proposals for posters must be received by September 4th 2018


The symposium will be held on Friday, December 7 at the Baruch College Vertical Campus. Selected candidates will be notified by October. 


Posters can be displayed on the provided 5’x 2′ tables or on standing easels. Posters cannot be displayed on walls. 


If you have any questions about the poster selection process, please contact Maureen Clements at


We also encourage all collaborators to come to the symposium and present their work (including students, support offices, paraprofessionals etc.).

Reviewers for Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review

The University of Wisconsin Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian<> is looking for scholars, faculty, and graduate students to write reviews of approximately 500-800 words for publication in Resources for Gender and Women’s Studies: A Feminist Review.

The fine print:

– We select reviewers and provide writing guidelines. If you haven’t published with us before, we’ll ask you to provide a book or film review as a sample of your writing. This sample does not need to have been published, and the book or film need not be new.

– Selected reviewers must give us copyright (but can use their own contribution in other places after publication in RGWS).

– We cannot offer compensation, but we provide the book which the reviewer gets to keep. The reviewer also gets two print copies of the RGWS issue in which their review is published.

– All reviews are edited before publication; reviewers have the opportunity to approve editing and make final changes.

– Potential reviewers should familiarize themselves with the kinds of reviews we’ve published; see past issues at<>.

If interested, please contact JoAnne Lehman, Senior Editor,<>, to discuss and for a list of books currently available for review.

Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships

VAL Call for Proposals


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The Association of College and Research Libraries is offering travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education. This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee to support librarians in their efforts to communicate to our partners in higher education including administrators, scholars, and teachers working in all disciplines. These travel scholarships support the community in taking up a recommendation from the ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and released in September 2017 for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

ACRL invites applications from those seeking to present work on the impact of academic libraries at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach a wide audience (scholarships will not be awarded for travel to library conferences). The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects.

To have the greatest possible effect, the committee seeks strong applicants who bring a range of perspectives in terms of types of institutions, geographical regions, and nature of the work presented.

The conference must take place between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. Reimbursable expenses include conference registration, lodging, travel (round-trip economy airfare, train ticket, or mileage), and meals (up to $50 per diem). The applicant should clearly outline estimated expenses in the budget.


Each applicant must be a member of ACRL and employed as a librarian or information professional in an academic or research library in the year prior to application for the travel scholarship.

The applicant must have submitted a proposal to the conference where he/she wishes to present at the time of application. Granting of the scholarship is conditional upon the proposal being accepted by that conference.


The purpose of the travel scholarships is to support communication about the significance of libraries to other stakeholders in higher education. The presentation may be based on past or current initiatives. A subcommittee of member leaders from the Value of Academic Libraries Committee will review proposals with the following criteria in mind:

  • How well does the proposed presentation align with the Value of Academic Library goals and objectives as stated in ACRL’s strategic plan?
    • The proposal should explicitly state how it supports the VAL objectives in the strategic plan.
  • Does the topic align with current interests and trends in higher education and libraries?
    • The proposal should identify current trends – in scholarship and/or practice – and how the work being presented advances those trends.
  • Is the proposed presentation clear and intriguing? Does it investigate or provide new ways of thinking about the impact of academic libraries? Are the ideas well-conceived, developed, and articulated?
    • The proposal should clearly outline its purpose and outcomes, as well as appropriate methodology utilized. If the project/research on which this presentation is based has not yet been completed, a timeline for completion should be outlined.
  • Is the need for funding strongly articulated and demonstrated?
    • The budget should be clearly outlined, along with discussion of any alternative or additional sources of funding.
  • Is the reason for presenting this project at the stated conference compelling? Does it fit closely with stakeholder interests? Why is the presentation format chosen appropriate?
    • The proposal should consider the primary audience of the conference and how the presentation will engage them.

Application Instructions

The application cover sheet is available to download here. Please fill it out, save it, and combine it into a single PDF with the other application documents detailed below.

Your application should include:

  1. A completed cover sheet
  2. Conference abstract (maximum 2 pages)
    1. Include the abstract/proposal you submitted to the conference, which should clearly outline the purpose, methodology, and outcomes of the project on which this presentation is based.
  3. Scholarship proposal (maximum 2 pages)
    1. Address how this presentation will contribute to ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative and strategic plan.
    2. The proposal should clearly state why this specific conference is a good place to present based on supporting evidence such as the primary audience and what sort of institutional stakeholders they represent (e.g. administrators, faculty, educational researchers, etc.). Also address the presentation format and why it’s suitable for highlighting the value of academic libraries.
    3. If you collaborated on this project with others, please briefly explain the role of the different members of the project team.
  4. Estimated budget (maximum 2 pages using the budget worksheet provided)
    1. If you stated that you have other funds available from your institution or another source of support to travel to this conference, please explain briefly what this funding supports and why you are seeking an ACRL travel scholarship in addition to it.
    2. Provide an itemized budget with a list of anticipated expenses totaling no more than $2000. Reimbursable expenses include conference registration, lodging, travel (round-trip economy airfare, train ticket, or mileage), and meals (up to $50 per diem).
  5. Your CV or résumé
  6. Statement of institutional support (maximum 1 page)
    1. This should be written by your supervisor, department head, library director, provost, etc. to indicate that they support travel to the conference as part of your professional development and, if applicable, will provide other funds to supplement this scholarship. It does not need to be on letterhead or signed, but should have the statement author’s name, job title, email address, and phone number.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to submit your completed Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship Application for the current round of awards is 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, August 31, 2018. Applicants will receive notice of the status of their travel scholarship applications by October 19, 2018.

The deadline for the next round will be February 15, 2019 and those applicants will receive notice by April 1. Both of these rounds of applications apply to travel between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

Electronic submissions are required. Email a single PDF file of all required documents to Sara Goek,


Award recipients must:

  1. Submit a claim for reimbursable expenses – not exceeding the proposed costs – by Aug. 31, 2019. Include the reimbursement request form and all required documentation.
  2. Acknowledge in their conference presentation that they received ACRL funding.
  3. Provide ACRL staff with a copy of their conference presentation and a brief textual description (abstract) which ACRL may disseminate online, for example as part of a blog post or other update to the community.

Further Information

See the application frequently asked questions for more details about applying.

If your questions are not answered on the website, please contact ACRL Program Manager and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Sara Goek at: or 312-280-5841.

Digitorium 2018

Event:                  Digitorium Digital Humanities Conference

When:                  Thursday, October 4 – Saturday, October 6, 2018

Where:                 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

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We are delighted to invite proposals for Digitorium 2018, a large-scale, international Digital Humanities conference to be held for the fourth time at The University of Alabama, October 4 – 6, 2018.

We seek proposals on Digital Humanities work from researchers, practitioners, and graduate students which showcase innovative ways in which digital methods have brought scholarship and scholarly communities to life, whether locally or globally. We especially welcome proposals which discuss the use of digital methods and their novel results for research, pedagogy, and public scholarship. The conference will host research presentations, roundtables, and workshops throughout the event for participants to gain new digital skills, and to share their expertise in using particular tools. The workshops allow participants to see the scholarly results of using a given digital tool (e.g., OpenRefine, oXygen, Story Maps, QGIS, Paper Machines, Visual Eyes, etc.), and then to learn how to use it themselves. For these sessions, we invite proposals from scholars interested in giving an initial 10-20 minute paper about their research project followed by leading a 30-40 minute hands-on workshop in which they will teach other participants how to use one of the digital tools deployed for the research presentation.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is July 27, 2018.

We have two key “pathways” for which participants can submit abstracts:

  • Digital Methods: presentations on exciting new applications of digital methods, whether to bring an under-served subject to public attention, or to break new ground in established fields.
  • Digital Pedagogy and Public Scholarship: presentations on the use of digital methods in innovative teaching approaches, and for public outreach by universities, libraries, museums, and other institutions who are engaging communities via digital scholarship.


We seek proposals for the following types of presentation for the conference:

  • 20-minute papers.
  • 5-minute lightning talks.
  • Workshops: a 10-20 minute paper followed by leading a hands-on workshop using the tool employed for your research (see above for details).
  • Posters.
  • Digital exhibits
    • Bring your digital exhibit to the conference and present it as you would a poster.
  • Workshops to share techniques which you have found useful.
  • Roundtables.
  • Experiential presentations
    • 20-30 minute workshop-style presentations walking your audience through a digital method which you have used for specific scholarly outcomes.
  • Panels of three or four 20-minute papers or two experiential presentations.
  • Panels comprised of a whole project team.

All proposals should be made via the Submissions page on the conference website.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is July 27, 2018.

For more information about the conference, including our plenary speakers, the venue, and the departments generously offering their support for this event, please explore our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Thomas C. Wilson, Associate Dean for Research & Technology at

Digitorium is made possible by the generous support of the University Libraries at The University of Alabama.

ALA Annual 2019 juried submissions

ALA Annual

Washington, DC

June 20-25, 2019

The submission site for juried programs at ALA Annual 2019 is now open. For information and deadlines, please refer to the release at

Direct Link to the submission site:

Updated Schedule:

  • Submission Site Opens: June 1, 2018
  • Submission Site Closes: August 31, 2018
  • Final Decisions: November 9, 2018
  • Schedule of Sessions Announced: December 5, 2018


Advances in Library Administration and Organization Critical Librarianship and Library Management

Call for proposals

Publication due 2020

Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College

Volume Editor: David Ketchum, University of Oregon


The critical librarianship movement has shone light on many aspects of our profession and encouraged us to question why we do things the way we do them. One area underexplored in this moment, however, is library management: Are there management practices that need to be questioned or interrogated? Are there progressive practices that have not received the recognition they deserve?


ALAO seeks submissions for the “Critical Librarianship and Library Management” volume that delve beyond examples and case studies to critically examine library management.


Proposals in the following areas would be of particular interest:

  • Implicit bias and library management/operations
  • Retention and hiring for diversity and inclusion
  • Social justice in library leadership and management


This will be the first volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization (ALAO) to publish in 2020.

About the Advances in Library Administration and Organization series:

ALAO offers long-form research, comprehensive discussions of theoretical developments, and in-depth accounts of evidence-based practice in library administration and organization. The series answers the questions, “How have libraries been managed, and how should they be managed?” It goes beyond a platform for the sharing of research to provide a venue for dialogue across issues in a way that traditional peer reviewed journals cannot. Through this series, practitioners glean new approaches in challenging times and collaborate on the exploration of scholarly solutions to professional quandaries.

How to submit:

We are currently seeking proposals for the 2019 volume on Critical Librarianship and Library Management. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a proposal including a draft abstract of 500 words or less, author details and estimated length of final submission to Samantha Hines at by August 31, 2018.

Submission deadlines:


Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2018

Notification of acceptance sent by: October 31, 2018

Submission deadline for full chapters: February 28, 2019

Comments returned to authors: April 30, 2019

Submission deadline for chapter revisions: June 15, 2019


Currents in Teaching and Learning

Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, welcomes submissions for its Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 issues (Volume 10, Numbers 1 and 2).  We consider all submissions that address new approaches to theories and practices of teaching and learning.

Each year we release two issues of Currents, an open-ended Fall issue and a themed issue in the Spring.  We welcome all teaching and learning-related submissions for the Fall Issues.

The theme for the Spring 2019 issue is “Globalizing learning.” With the intensifying clash between nationalism and globalization, the issue of how to incorporate consciousness of global issues and trends into college education has become ever more critical.  For this issue, we invite submissions that address this issue from theoretical and/or practical perspectives. Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to): 
·       What constitutes “global learning”, and what implications might this have for the nature, substance, content, and methods of tertiary education? 
·       What kinds of approaches can be used to integrate global knowledge and skills into teaching and learning across the disciplines? 
·       In what ways can global and local forms of knowledge construction be related in classroom and extra-curricular modes of teaching and learning?  

Looking ahead, the theme for the Spring 2020 issue is “Digital Pedagogies.” With their proliferation, diversification, and ever-growing importance in students’ lives, digital technologies present a limitless horizon of opportunities and challenges for educators.  As emerging technologies disrupt established spaces, dynamics, and institutions of learning, it becomes ever more urgent for instructors to reflect critically on how to incorporate digital tools and mediums into pedagogical practices.         

Some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to): 

  • How do digital technologies inform issues of accessibility, inclusiveness, and diversity in higher education?
  • In what ways do digital pedagogies shape or reshape dynamics, structures, and hierarchies that are embedded in the academic learning environment? 
  • Are there strategies and concepts that can guide instructors in aligning the bewildering array of emerging technologies with fundamental principles of rigorous learning?
  • How do we pedagogically navigate the intersection of digital media and information literacy?
  • Are there demonstrably effective ways to integrate face-to-face with digital learning environments?
  • What considerations should inform the selection and use of digital technologies in online, hybrid, and/or course design?

Submissions may take the form of:
·      Teaching and Program Reports: short reports from different disciplines on classroom practices (2850-5700 words);
·      Essays: longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words);
·      Book Reviews: send inquiries attn: Kisha Tracy, Book Review Editor. No unsolicited reviews, please.

We welcome both individual and group submissions.  All submissions must be original, previously unpublished work and, if based in a particular academic discipline, must explicitly consider their relevance and applicability to other disciplines and classroom settings.

Submissions Deadlines:
Fall 2018 issue: August 15, 2018
Spring 2019 issue: December 15, 2018

Submissions received after these dates will be considered on a rolling basis and for the following issue.

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters non-specialist, jargon-free exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars. Published twice a year and addressed to faculty and graduate students across the disciplines, Currents seeks to improve teaching and learning in higher education with short reports on classroom practices as well as longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles, and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today.

For essays and teaching and program reports, send all inquiries to Editor Martin Fromm at  For book reviews, send all inquiries to Book Review Editor Kisha Tracy at For submission guidelines, visit our website at

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.   ISSN: 1945-3043

Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought, a peer-reviewed open access journal ( published through Salve Regina University annually since 2005, invites contributions for its next issue: Women and Politics: Obstacles & Opportunities.


Women and Politics: Obstacles & Opportunities The equal participation of women in politics and government is all important for the successful functioning of vibrant democratic communities in which both women and men can thrive. However, the history of women in American politics tells a story which differs from that reality. Prior to the beginning of the 21st century, women were outsiders in the world of politics, including voting, holding elective office, and serving on juries. Since that time, they have made significant gains. In fact, over the last few decades, women have made progress in political participation in all aspects of political life, although not equally. In the upcoming issue of the journal, we wish to focus on those obstacles and opportunities which have, or may not have, contributed to women’s equal political participation.

Possible Topics:

*         Obstacles-Discrimination by gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and/or religion.
*         Family responsibilities, educational achievement, and cultural norms.
*         Opportunities- changes in law and cultural expectations, public support.
*         Vision of future possibilities for the equitable participation of women in politics.

Submit all manuscripts, electronically, to co-editors:

Dr. Carol Shelton,<>
Dr. Virginia Walsh, R.S.M.,<>

Each manuscript must include:

*         a title page
*         abstract
*         contact information listing:
*         the name of the author(s),
*         institution
*         telephone number
*         email address for all authors.

Please include the home and work address for the corresponding author.

New perspectives in feminist labour history: work and activism

*Bologna, 17-18 January 2019*

The two-days conference called by the EHLN working group “Feminist Labour
History” and the SISLAV working group “Gender and Labour”, supported by the
Department of History and Cultures at Bologna University, explores new
perspectives in gendered labour history as arising in Europe and around the
world since the beginning of the 21st century. The conference builds on and
moves forward the debates on and within feminist labour history which took
place during the Turin (2015) and Paris (2017) conferences of the ELHN,
with the aim of including selected papers in prospective book projects.

The first day of the conference will be devoted to the theme *work and
gender in context*, and addresses two large research contexts: 1) the
variety of forms of work, waged and unwaged, emerging in different
historical periods and places in formal as well as informal economies, and
in occupations traditionally connoted as male or female ; 2) the impact of
socio-economic transformations at the crossroads of the productive and
reproductive spheres. Topics include (but are not limited) to the
following: *precarious, informal, subsistence work*; *gender in typically
male occupations or branches*; *gender and deindustrialization*;

The second day will be devoted to the theme *women’s workers organizing*,
and addresses two large research contexts: 1) forms of labour-related
collective action in different circumstances, time and spaces; 2) the role
of individual women and the women’s movement in addressing workers’ rights
from a gender perspective. Topics include (but are not limited) to the
following: *biographies and digital humanities; varieties of work-place
related activism; women and trade unions; women’s movements and women
workers’ rights.*

*Deadline for submissions:*

The deadline is *July 10th, 2018*. The outcome of the selection will be
communicated by *August 1, 2018* and the programme will be published *by
September 15, 2018*. Full papers (6000-7000 words) are due by *December

*How to apply:*

Please send a 500-word abstract and a short academic CV (max 500 word) to The proposal should include name,
surname, current affiliation and contact details of the proponent. The
subject of the email needs to be: “New perspectives in feminist labour
history”. For additional information:


The conference will take place on *January 17 – 18*, 2019, hosted by the
Department of History and Cultures of the University of Bologna (Bologna,
Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2).

*Scientific Committee:*

Rossana Barragan *International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; *Eloisa
Betti *University of Bologna; *Eileen Boris *University of California
­­­­(Santa Barbara) – International Federation for Research in Women’s
History (President); *Diane Kirby *University Melbourne;
*SilkeNeunsinger *Labour
Movement Archive, Stockholm; *Karin Pallaver *University of Bologna; *Leda
Papastefanaki *University of Ioannina; *Paola Rudan* University of
Bologna; *Marica Tolomelli *University of Bologna; *Shobhana Warrier
of Delhi; *Susan Zimmermann *Central European University (Budapest) –
Conference of Labour and Social History*(President)


Eileen Boris
Hull Professor and Distinguished Professor of Feminist Studies
Professor of History, Black Studies, and Global Studies

President International Federation for Research in Women’s History

Zine on Feminist Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy

Call for submissions
A collective of students, activists and teachers at the University of Pennsylvania is calling for submissions for a zine on feminist teaching, learning, and pedagogy.  Partnering with the Alice Paul Center, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive zine that offers a partial dialogue on how feminist ethics and ideals play out in the classroom, whether that classroom is in a university or on the street, in a computer lab or in the kitchen, on social media or in person.  We want to hear from students, activists, educators and others interested in contributing to a feminist conversation about teaching and learning.

We are open to many formats, including short first-hand accounts of feminist teaching practices, poetry, drawings and recordings.  Please feel free to share accounts of strategies and tactics for feminist teaching and learning, tributes to feminist mentors, and advice on what has worked and what hasn’t in the classroom (broadly defined). We are just as interested in experiences of failure as we are in success.  Contributions will be incorporated into a zine on feminist teaching and learning.  This zine is intended for a wide audience, with the goal of being accessible and intersectional. The zine will be distributed throughout Penn’s campus and through local zine exchange networks in Philadelphia. Copies will also be made available via snail mail. Digital copies will not be distributed.

What is a zine? It’s a DIY, self-published document that tends to talk about politics and everyday life. Zines have roots in feminist, punk and anarchist communities. For more info, see here, here and here.

Who is this zine for? This zine is meant for people who want to learn about feminist teaching and learning. We want this zine to be a conversation about planning courses, creating syllabuses, facilitating inclusive discussions, navigating one-on-one teachable moments, fostering accessible learning environments, and more.

How can I contribute? You can submit single- or multi-authored contributions in different modes, including audio, visual and textual materials.  Please send us:

  • 2-5 minute audio recordings (which will transcribed into text)
  • Drawings that are no larger than 8.5 x 11”
  • Written experiences (700 word limit)
  • Citations for our feminist reading list of blogs, zines, books, articles, videos and podcasts

How should I format my submission? Feel free to draw, collage, use stickers, or include other images in your submission. Avoid writing, drawing, or typing too close to the margins so that your submission is not cut off in the photocopying process. If drawing or writing by hand, use thick lines to ensure your submission will photocopy clearly. Zines will be printed in full color in a half-sized layout (8½” x 11” sheets folded in half).

How will submissions be selected? Submissions will be reviewed by the collective.  We hope to take as many submissions as possible, but want to center the experiences of women, trans folk, people of color and others who have been unheard in mainstream discourses on teaching and learning.

When and where should I send my submission? Please send materials through this form by 3pm EST on Friday 4/13. We will do our best to send decisions by Tuesday, 4/17.  If you have any questions about submission topics or formatting, please do not hesitate to reach out via email. Contributors should include any identifying and/or contact information they wish to be published alongside their submission. Anonymous submissions are welcomed.