The Women's Studies Section of ACRL promotes interest in and provides quality information about Women's Studies for librarians, scholars, students, publishers and others interested in issues related to Women's Studies in academic and research libraries.
The Women's Studies Section of ACRL promotes the highest level of involvement for librarians and others in recognizing and improving the status of women in the librarianship, access of all women to information resources, and the diversity of our profession.
The Women's Studies Section will continue to broaden the availability of Women's Studies materials within the academic community and the ability of Women's Studies librarians and other academic librarians to provide access to these collections. The Women's Studies Section will provide leadership in shaping the nature of this information by fostering cooperation among Women's Studies librarians, scholars, students, and publishers. In a profession numerically dominated by women, WSS will work with other ALA groups and other national organizations to monitor and improve the status of women in librarianship, to promote library and information services to women, and to increase the diversity of our membership and our programming.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 1
Continue to broaden the availability of WS materials within the academic community and the ability of WS librarians and others to provide access to these collections.
1.1. The Women's Studies Section will continue to produce bibliographies and other information resources for Women's Studies and to make them as widely available as possible.
1.2. The Women's Studies Section will continue to work with publishers of indexes and bibliographies to insure thorough inclusion of Women's Studies sources and scholarship in these publications; additionally, the section will continue to conduct studies and assessment programs that monitor the status of the inclusion of Women's Studies related material in these and similar resources.
1.3. The Women's Studies Section will provide programming and discussion opportunities that highlight successful cooperative projects among these groups.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 2
Foster cooperation among Women's Studies librarians, scholars, students and publishers.
2.1 The Women's Studies Section will continue to work closely with groups in ALA such as the Feminist Task Force and the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship.
2.2 The Women's Studies Section will re-establish links with related groups and organizations, including the National Women's Studies Association and the National Council for Research on Women.
2.3. The Women's Studies Section will begin to work with library schools to encourage and support a curriculum more inclusive of women's issues and research, as well as to provide them materials and opportunities to encourage women students to become involved with the profession.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 3
Work within ALA as well as nationally to monitor and improve the status of women in the profession and to insure quality, unlimited access to library and information services to women and other under represented groups.
3.1. The Women's Studies Section will monitor the national political environment, particularly activities and legislation on affirmative action, and communicate the need for action to the ALA Washington office.
3.2. The Women's Studies Section will be an advocate for attention to gender issues in information literacy efforts, particularly in the Internet environment, and work actively to shape the presence of women's studies in evolving information technologies.
3.3. The Women's Studies Section will strengthen its cooperation with other ALA groups concerned with women in the profession to work in a more organized manner on issues within ALA relating to women.
STRATEGIC DIRECTION 4
Increase the diversity of the section's membership and programming.
4.1. The Women's Studies Section will increase membership recruitment and mentoring efforts, particularly for women of color.
4.2. The Women's Studies Section will actively seek programming opportunities with other ACRL and ALA units representing women of color and other minority groups.
4.3. The Women's Studies Section will insure that the section's programming represents the interests of Women's Studies librarians and other women in the profession, regardless of ethnicity, class or sexual orientation.
Developed under the Chairship of Bonnie Cox
28 May 1996
July 18, 2013