Feminists Among Us

Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership

Editors: Shirley Lew and Baharak Yousefi

Price: $22.00

Published: October 2017

ISBN: 978-1-63400-027-7

212 Pages


Number nine in the Litwin Books Series on Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, Emily Drabinski, Series Editor

Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership makes explicit the ways in which a grounding in feminist theory and practice impacts the work of library administrators who identify as feminists.

Recent scholarship by LIS researchers and practitioners on the intersections of gender with sexuality, race, class, and other social categories within libraries and other information environments have highlighted the need and desire of this community to engage with these concepts both in theory and praxis.

Feminists Among Us adds to this conversation by focusing on a subset of feminist LIS professionals and researchers in leadership roles who engage critically with both management work and librarianship. By collecting these often implicit professional acts, interactions, and dynamics and naming them as explicitly feminist, these accounts both document aspects of an existing community of practice as well as invite fellow feminists, advocates, and resisters to consider library leadership as a career path.

About the Editors

Shirley Lew is Dean, Library, Teaching & Learning Services at Vancouver Community College. She is Past-President of the BC Book Prizes, Director on the Vancouver Writers Fest Board, and an active member in professional and literary arts communities for fifteen years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and Master of Library and Information Studies.

Baharak Yousefi is Head of Library Communications at Simon Fraser University and a Director on the Board of the BC Libraries Cooperative. She received a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies in 2003 and a Master of Library and Information Studies in 2007. She lives on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Skwxwu7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh people in Vancouver, BC.

Table of Contents

Safiya Umoja Noble


Shirley Lew & Baharak Yousefi

Always a Novice: Feminist Learning and Leadership Practice
Maura A. Smale

Creating a Path to Feminist Leadership
Shirley Lew

A Feminist Critique of Servant Leadership
Lisa Richmond

Embracing the Feminization of Librarianship
Shana Higgins

On the Disparity Between What We Say and What We Do in Libraries
Baharak Yousefi

How We Speak, How We Think, What We Do: Leading Intersectional Feminist Conversations in Libraries
Rachel Fleming and Kelly McBride

One Library, Two Cultures
Dale Askey and Jennifer Askey

Feminist Praxis in Library Leadership
April M. Hathcock and Jennifer Vinopal

A Feminist Among Us: An Interview with Chris Bourg
Tara Robertson

About the Contributors