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The Newsletter of the American Library Association SRRT Feminist Task Force
June 2017
ISSN 2154-4085 (online)

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Events of Interest to FTF Members
Programs and meetings at ALA Midwinter 2017 that may be of particular interest to FTF members and feminist colleagues, in order by day and time. Event links go to the ALA Conference Scheduler With the exception of two ticketed events, which are noted, all listings are open to all conference registrants.
Highlights (in addition to Tuesday's Closing General Session featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton) include Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the ACRL Women's & Gender Studies Section program Women and Women First: Feminist Bookstores, Past and Present , and of course FTF's own program, 'Dismantling the Master's Bookshelves': Feminism for Libraries in the Real World. | Go to the full article

Chicago Side Trips
We've updated our travel recommendations for the feminist conference-goer (don't miss the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum). | Go to the full article

Restaurant Recommendations

Check out our list of restaurants that feature women chefs and woman-owned restaurants in Chicago. You have to eat! | Go to the full article

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Also speaking in Chicago is Sarah Jessica Parker. In February, the American Library Association announced the creation of Book Club Central, an online platform of resources for book clubs and their readers. Actor Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and will unveil her inaugural recommended title at the ALA President’s Program on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at McCormick Place West. In September 2016 Parker was on the cover of the international monthly Marie Claire. Inside the issue, when asked to comment on being a feminist, Parker reiterated an assertion she’d made the year before, in Cosmo: "I am not a feminist. I don't think I qualify. I believe in women and I believe in equality, but I think there is so much that needs to be done that I don't even want to separate it anymore. I'm so tired of separation. I just want people to be treated equally." | Go to the full article


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Jennifer Gilley

The Importance of Feminist Publishing to Libraries

An Interview with Jennifer Gilley
Penn State Abingdon librarian Delia Tash interviews Jennifer Gilley, Library Director at Penn State New Kensington and winner of the 2017 ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award. Gilley’s in-depth knowledge of the major players in feminist publishing exemplifies authenticity both as a feminist and a scholar. "Gilley is proof of feminism being alive and well," Tash concluded, "whatever label is given to the current movement and her hopes of inclusion of “transgender, transnational, anti-racist, queer, and environmental feminism all simultaneously under the umbrella of feminism” rings true." | Go to the full article







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