University of New Orleans librarian Connie Phelps has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant longstanding contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career. Phelps is the chair of the services department in the Earl K. Long Library.
A plaque will be presented to Phelps at the WGSS program on June 29, during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.
“Connie Phelps’s service within WGSS and to librarianship has been wide-ranging, consistent and productive,” said award chair Heather Tompkins, reference and instruction librarian for the humanities at Carleton College. “In addition to being past chair of the section, she has served on or chaired most of the section committees, and in the process mentored and encouraged numerous librarians to grow within the profession. Her openness in sharing knowledge, collaborative nature and service ethic are central to what makes WGSS not just a career-enhancing section for librarians, but a professional home for those committed to feminism, women’s rights and all aspects of gender studies librarianship.”
“Connie has also carried the banner of women’s studies librarianship to many places: in her active work in other sections, through meetings with the Feminist Task Force and through her participation in NOW,” continued Tompkins. “In each of these venues she serves as an ambassador not only for our section but for our profession. Connie’s commitment to the section and dedication to women’s studies librarianship is unwavering, inspiring, and deserving of the Career Achievement Award.”
Phelps received her B.A. in history and her M.L.S. from LSU.
The Association of College & Research Libraries is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community.