The University of Wisconsin is chocked full of experts, and the halls of Memorial Library here on campus are no exception. Tucked away on the fourth floor is the Office of the UW System Women’s Studies Librarian. Founded in 1977 by librarians and scholars from throughout the UW System, today the office continues to fulfill its mission to assist students, faculty, librarians, and administrators all over the state in navigating a wealth of interdisciplinary resources on women and gender.
The Office is headed by distinguished academic librarian Phyllis Holman Weisbard and staffed by senior editor JoAnne Lehman, editor Linda Fain, office operations associate Heather Shimon, and three student assistants: Beth Hwang, Michelle Preston, and Kelsey Wallner - quite an awesome group of women!
It’s a unique model: an entire office dedicated to the research, collection, and location of materials around a broad and diverse subject, serving the entire university system!
As if that’s not enough, the office also publishes three periodicals that alert students and faculty across Wisconsin to important new books, articles, videos, and web-based material on women and gender studies. The periodicals — reviewing journal Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources, contents publication Feminist Periodicals: A Current Listing of Contents, and subject-arranged and indexed bibliography New Books on Women, Gender, and Feminism — are distributed free to libraries and gender/women’s studies departments throughout the UW System and by paid subscription to others. WAVE: Women’s Audiovisuals in English, a database of video information, is another office project.
Need help? Phyllis offers library research guidance to individuals and groups in person and via an extensive website at http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/.
Phyllis Holman Weisbard (in pink) with the staff of the American Information Resource Center in Kolkata, during a 2003 trip to India as a visiting speaker (funded by the American Centers, U.S. State Department)
More pictures here: http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/staffpictures.htm