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ALA Conference 2011

Brief Reports on Selected Events




Feminist Task Force

FTF will establish a committee to work on a Preconference on Women for ALA Annual 2014, in Las Vegas. The preconference idea emerged during the process of composing the Diane Kadanoff Memorial Resolution and remembrance article, as a way to honor Kadanoff and at the same time advance the causes we all believe in. 2014 will be the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Preconference on the Status of Women in Librarianship, which was titled “Women in a Woman’s Profession: Strategies.” Early plans include seeking an off-site location for the preconference and contacting COSWL, WGSS, and the LLAMA Women Administrator's Discussion Group to have members on the committee in order to develop a coordinated preconference.

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Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery read from her new novel The Last Nude on the LIVE! @ your library Reading Stage

The Last Nude (Penguin/Riverhead, 2012) was inspired by the life and work of Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Avery’s first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Penguin/Riverhead, 2006), set in 19th century Japan, won numerous awards, including the American Library Association Stonewall Fiction Award and the Lesbian Debut Fiction prize at the Lambda Literary Awards. Avery is also the author of The Smoke Week (Gival, 2003), an award-winning personal narrative of life in downtown Manhattan during and after 9/11/01. Avery teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Consider writing a review of The Last Nude for the December issue of Women in Libraries - a copy is available now!

LLAMA Women Administrator's Discussion Group

A small group of women from academic and public libraries gathered to discuss the skills and knowledge necessary for current and future successful administrators. Participants cited flexibility and a willingness to try new things as crucial to retaining talented staff, and stressed the importance of making time to mentor other staff, particularly new managers.. Strategies for negotiating between new and inventive staff members and more experienced staff members who may be resistant to change included frankness about your own administrative direction ("I'm committed to taking the library in a different direction. I hope you want to go too, but if not I'm ready to help you make a transition."), requiring substantive professional development activity of all staff members, and pouring resources into those who want to make advances. Participants said they still encounter the "bitch effect," when strong female leaders are perceived negatively compared to strong male leaders. The LLAMA Women Administrator's Discussion Group meets at both Annual and Midwinter for informal discussion, and welcomes women from all types of libraries and all types of positions. For more information, contact 2012 Chair Jill Dixon (jdixon@binghamton.edu) or join the listserv at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/lama-womad.

ACRL's Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) sponsored 21st Century Scholarly Communication: Conversations for Change.

As the Open Access movement ramps up in the humanities and social sciences, librarians need to be aware of the initiatives that are altering traditional scholarly publishing. This program featured three speakers. Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian for IUScholarWorks at Indiana Univerisity spoke about how subject librarians can establish and maintain connections with teaching faculty. She suggested that many connections can be formed around digital initiatives and said that "Forward progresss revolves around the subject librarian and the relationships you have with faculty." Martin Brennan from UCLA spoke of his role working with librarians and facutly as the Copyright and Licensing Librarian. He spoke about the individual choices and institutional choices which need to be made around issues of open access and author rights, and how important it is for librarians to educate the teaching faculty about these issues. Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo Senior Fellow and Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara provided the perspective of starting up an OA journal as a graduate student. Her take away was that an open access journal can be as difficult to support and manage as a more traditional print journal. She did say however that it is important for institutions and departments to support these initiatives. ~~ Cindy Ingold, Women and Gender Resources Librarian, Education and Social Science Library, University of Illinois

Orderly Disorder: Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour

The tour kicked off its nearly 2-week, 9-city tour at Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University on June 26th, right in the middle of this year's American Library Association Annual Conference. While many people go on tour during their lifetime, most ride in vans or buses, not Debbie Rasmussen's Fly Away Zine Mobile, a van transformed into a magical traveling zine library. Hosted by Newcomb College Institute Librarian Bea Calvert, the event was held at the cozy Nadine Vorhoff Library, which boasts an impressive collection of feminist zines. The five core Orderly Disorder participants are Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout Out), Celia Perez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive and roots & wings), Rasmussen (former publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture), Jami Sailor (Archiving the Underground and Your Secretary), and John Stevens (Dilettantes & heartless manipulators and travesty). All save Sailor presented their rich and varied work at the Newcomb College Institute reading (Sailor read on the final three stops of the tour). Several guests read from their zines/papers as well in New Orleans – Clara Hendricks (forthcoming zine about romantic love in anarchist communities), Robb Roemershauser (Quickdummies) and myself (My Feminist Friends). It was such a pleasure to both attend and present at the event – I only wish the tour had visited New York, my home city! If you’d like to learn more about Orderly Disorder I definitely encourage you to check out the librarian zinesters’ blog at http://zinemobile.wordpress.com/orderly-disorder-zinester-librarians-in-circulation-tour/ or their zines, which I have listed earlier in the piece. ~~ Katelyn (Kate) Angell, Reference Librarian, Sarah Lawrence College

~~ Reports to add? Email WiL editor Sherre Harrington