Call for Submissions: Women of Library History

Is there a woman in librarianship who was near and dear to you and your library’s heart? Who has made history at your library? Perhaps a group of women who helped shape you or your community’s interaction with libraries? Maybe even someone whose portrait you pass every day?

In celebration of Women’s History Month this March 2013, the Feminist Task Force would like to invite submissions to highlight valued women in libraries. This is the perfect time of year to remember the contributions of these important women in librarianship—perhaps the founder or other woman (or group of women) who was significantly involved with your local library.

The FTF will host a blog at womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com with daily postings of historic women of librarianship throughout the month of March.

Why? Highlight the legacy that you still see alive today and share a piece of your library’s history with your patrons and library lovers everywhere in celebration of Women’s History Month. The write-up will be perfect for your library’s own blog. Its inclusion with the submissions of other libraries to this project will illustrate the breadth of contributions women have made to their communities through libraries.

To submit:

Email an image and brief write-up about a historic* woman or group of women of librarianship to womenoflibraryhistory@gmail.com. If you are including this as a post on your own library’s blog, be sure to include the link to your blog so we may include that in our posting to connect viewers to your library. If there is a book or other websites related to your submission, please pass that information along as well. Submissions will be accepted immediately and throughout the end of March.

*While we fully appreciate that there are women who have recently done and/or are currently doing amazing things for libraries, only submissions regarding historic women of libraries will be included at womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com. However, if there is interest we would be more than happy to also collect submissions for a companion (sister!) site to highlight and celebrate women MAKING history in libraries! Please let us know if you have any questions or input regarding this.

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