WGSS Research Committee Minutes
ALA Midwinter 2014 – Virtual Meeting
January 21, 2014
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Present: Valerie Buck, Kayo Denda, Jennifer Gilley, Jane Nichols, Pamela Salela, Beth Strickland
Review and Approval of Minutes from 2013 Annual Meeting
The minutes from the 2013 annual meeting were approved and are available online.
Annotating the Bibliography of Scholarship on Women and Gender Studies Librarianship
- The committee briefly touched base on whether or not to move forward with working on some sort of project to annotate the bibliography. It was decided to shelve this project for the time being given that it would be a huge undertaking of time.
Report: NWSA 2013 and Marketing the WGSS Research Agenda
- Jennifer was asked to report on her attendance at NWSA in fall 2013. She reported that she was a part of a session where 20 or women’s studies faculty members were attendance.
- The faculty didn’t seem too interested in the research agenda overall, but did express interest in the larger conversation around information literacy standards.
- It was suggested and agreed upon that we wouldn’t continue to market the research agenda at this conference but would still send it out on listservs where/when it’s appropriate.
Survey of WGSS Members of How They Partner with Faculty
- The committee previously discussed the idea of possibly sending out a survey to section members to learn how librarians are partnering with faculty.
- Committee members in general are supportive of sending surveys out to the membership but would like to see what happens with the results of the 2013 membership survey before proceeding with another survey.
- It was suggested that we could target our annual call for posters to ask participants to consider submitting proposals about their experience partnering with faculty. It was agreed that our next call should make a note of encouraging this topic in the poster proposals but to not limit submissions to just this topic. Limitation was viewed as possibly discouraging participation vs. increasing participation which is our goals.
- Jennifer noted that in the past years of doing the call for poster proposals that we were averaging about 5-6 entries. Last year (2013) there were 14 entries. The group believed this shows the success of some of our marketing efforts.
2014 WGSS Poster Session Call for Proposals
- The committee looked at the written call for proposals and approved what was written. It was agreed that Beth would make changes to the call to reflect our decision to encourage participants to submit proposals about their experience working with faculty.
- Beth said she would get the call for proposals out to the WGSS listserv before the end of January.
Publication List for Research Agenda - Marketing ideas
- The committee discussed ways to market the publication list for the research agenda which is now posted on the research committee homepage. It was agreed that the list would be marketed with the research agenda in the usual places (WGSS, JESSE, FTF, and WMST if anyone belongs to it)
- It was also mentioned that archives and curation topics seem to be of growing interest in the field and that perhaps we should consider this topic when looking at the research agenda in the future.
Call for Papers Link
- It was suggested that the committee consider adding resources to the Call for Papers link located on the Research Committee webpage. Beth offered to look around and see if there were any standing calls which could be added to the webpage.
- It was also suggested that we should add a call about Jane’s encyclopedia project to the list.
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