History of the Office

The Office of the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Librarian was created in 1977 to serve students, faculty, librarians, and administrators across the UW System. Located on the Madison campus, the office reaches out to all UW campuses through its many regular and special publications, reference assistance, and professional presentations and consultation. The Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Since 1989 the Office has been a constituent program of the UW System Women’s Studies Consortium. Read about the early history of the office in Women on Campus in the Eighties: Old Struggles, New Victories (see chapter 6, “Women’s Studies Librarian,” by Sue Searing) and in Transforming Women’s Education : the History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System (see pp. 89-98 and 154-156). See also “Beyond the Library Walls,” by Phyllis Holman Weisbard, Women’space v. 14, no. 2 (Spring 1999), in a Canadian online publication that has since ceased but is archived in the National Library of Canada Electronic Collection.

View a poster about the practicum experience in the Office, by Virginia Corvid, UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies student, Fall 2010.