Sunday, March 01, 2015

Call for Submissions: Women of Library History

Looking for submissions for Women of Library History

We are still waiting for your submissions.  Women's History Month begins tomorrow:

Submissions are OPEN for WoLH 2015

Good news! We are opening another year of submissions for Women of Library History. The call for submissions is here,; please follow the guidelines therein.

We’ve gained a lot of new followers over the past year, and I want to challenge everyone to go out and find a story to share, whether or not you are a library worker. Get in touch with your local librarian or Friends of the Library group and ask about the women who were influential to its history. Their stories deserve to be remembered.

Our index can help you see who’s already been profiled.

If all you have is a name and a couple of clues, I sometimes do additional research for people. I also love to hear from folks with extra time who want to flesh out unfinished submissions—Kristen Hogan did some great work on this front in 2013.  With submissions, suggestions, or questions, you can e-mail women of library history at gmail dot com.

Submissions for 2015 are open!
Women Of Library History is back! We are seeking stories from your library and your community. Is there a woman whose work is near and dear to your library’s heart? Someone who has made history at your library? Community activists who made library services possible? Maybe even someone whose portrait you pass every day?
In celebration of Women’s History Month this March 2015, 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, or someone whose mentorship has shaped you as a professional.
What? The FTF will host a blog at with daily postings of historic women of librarianship throughout the month of March. If we receive enough submissions, we may continue throughout the year as we did in 2013.
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.
Who? Anyone who would be pleased to be identified as a woman, and who has made a significant contribution to library history. Past subjects have included librarians, founders, community activists, women’s clubs, and even the developer of our beloved MARC format. Subjects may be deceased, retired, or currently practicing, so long as their contribution to the field is significant and enduring.
To submit:
Please send all submissions to Katelyn Browne at Submissions should include
  • a write-up of the woman/women’s significance to library history (this should be original content OR we should have explicit permission to re-publish it)
  • your name(s) and title/library, or other identifying information
  • if possible, one or two images that WoLH has permission to publish on our Tumblr
  • any links to other online information you’d like readers to see
For examples, please see our posts on Bunny Siebert (short), Oralia Garza de Cortés (medium), and Ida Kidder (long). We do not have any specific word-count limits, but we reserve the right to edit your post for length, grammar, and/or content.
I go through submissions about once a week. I will reply at that time if I need clarifications or additional material; otherwise, you will hear from me when your post appears on the blog. We post all submissions that meet the requirements in this post.
The Feminist Task Force is proud to bring voice and efforts to the intersection of feminist perspectives with issues related to libraries, librarianship, information services, and ALA. To find out more and get involved, please visit us on any of our websites and virtual spaces: