WGSS Research Committee Minutes
2013 ALA Annual Conference
Saturday, June 29th
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick - Regency Ballroom C
Valerie Buck, Kathy Clark, Jennifer Gilley, Jane Nichols, Pamela Salela
Review and Approval of Minutes from 2012 Annual Meeting
The minutes from the 2012 Annual 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
Jennifer added the issue of updating or eliminating the “How to get Started in Research and Publication” and “Calls for Papers” pages on the Research Committee website.
Scope Statement for Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship
- The Committee discussed whether or not to limit the scope of the bibliography. This issue was originally brought up in reaction to concern that the bibliography would grow exponentially after the addition of gender studies. The scope currently spans materials related to public or academic libraries and includes both research studies and informational pieces. The only articles excluded from the bibliography are those on gender and technology issues that are not related directly to libraries, due to the explosive growth of this area. Now that the bibliography has been updated to include gender studies and has not significantly expanded in size, the Committee decided there was no reason at this time to limit the scope.
- Valerie suggested possibly annotating the entries in the bibliography to give users a better idea of what each article is about. The issue with this is the time and labor involved. The bibliography is currently updated by one person (Jennifer), and annotation would require the labor of the whole committee. Perhaps in the future the Committee will reconsider this issue.
Marketing of Research Agenda at NWSA
- Jennifer Gilley will be presenting the Research Agenda on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship as part of a roundtable titled “Integrating Information Literacy into Women’s Studies Programs: Faculty-Librarian Partnerships” at the NWSA Program Administration and Development Pre-conference. The Committee brainstormed ideas about what angle to take on this presentation. How can we make the Research Agenda relevant to women’s studies programs? It was decided that just showing program administrators what librarians are doing to support their discipline would have a big impact.
- Jane suggested that the members of the roundtable create a handout entitled “10 Great Ideas for Partnering with Your Librarians” or some such so that there is a takeaway for audience members. At the bottom of the handout we could put info about WGSS to promote ourselves.
- While discussing the interrelationship between the Research Agenda, the Bibliography, and the new list of Publications where research on these topics could be published, Pamela suggested that we create an app that ties them together and makes them more technologically sophisticated. A programmer would have to be recruited to do this.
Updating/Eliminating our pages on “How to Get Started in Research and Publication” and “Calls for Papers”
- Due to the dead link and dated nature of the information on “How to Get Started in Research and Publication,” we decided to take this page down, possibly replacing it with a link to an ALA group that is focused on helping people start their research.
- We will keep the “Calls for Papers” page since it does link to 2 current and vibrant sources.
- Valerie suggested that WGSS could do a survey of WGSS librarians, asking them how they partner with faculty to generate a best practices document. I brought this to Exec, and it was agreed that this would be a good idea for a future survey project. WGSS just completed one survey project, so it was tabled for later.
- Valerie also suggested the creation of a list on our website of links to WGS library sites. I took this to Exec as well, where many people thought it was easy enough to do a google search rather than maintain a list.
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