As you could probably guess from my month-long absence April has been a busy time for me. So this post isn’t going to delve into anything too complex, but will rather serve to highlight some of my favorite moments in feminism and librarianship over the last 6 months. Enjoy!
In November 2015 Jessica Olin and Michelle Millet wrote a piece for In the Library with the Leadpipe titled “Gendered Expectations for Leadership in Libraries,” which then sparked a hashtag and online conversation: #libleadgender. There have been multiple livechat events as well as a generally expanded and more robust conversation in the field about leadership and gender. Props to these authors and to everyone who has responded to their call to action to discuss, think critically, and do the work to create change. Also, check out the intro, discussion questions, and readings for the next chat, which is tomorrow!
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress Nominee
In February President Obama announced his pick for the new Librarian of Congress: Carla Hayden. His video and written statement explains more eloquently than I can why she is an amazing and incredibly suited nominee. Rumors had been swirling for months about the nominee being anyone from yet another person without a library degree to even (shudder) some tech bro from Silicon Valley. Thus, I’m very pleased to see an experienced, credentialed, forward-thinking librarian as the nominee of choice. She recently testified at her confirmation hearing and further proved her suitability and prowess.
Amelia Bloomer Projects Picks, 2016
In January I was made aware, for the first time, of the Amelia Bloomer Project, a feminist book list for young readers (K-18). The list is put together every year by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association. And it is wonderful! Check out the 2016 Amelia Bloomer Booklist and add to your to-read list today!
New York Public Library, Feminist YA Reading List
In March the New York Public Library put out a list of feminist YA reading material. Again, my to-read list got longer; I’m appreciative and supportive of this feminist book list trend and I hope it continues! It’s never too early to talk to children about feminism; also, you’re never too old to appreciate great YA titles!