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Women’s Studies librarian Kayo Denda wins national award from Association of College and Research Libraries

March 2, 2016
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Kayo Denda is head of the Margery Somers Foster Center. Credit: Alessandro Graziano

We just received news that Kayo Denda who is the Women’s Studies librarian and head of the Margery Somers Foster Center at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library has won the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award.

“Rutgers University Libraries are incredibly proud that Kayo’s efforts and superlative work in the field of women’s studies librarianship are being recognized at a national level," said Krisellen Maloney, the University Librarian and Vice President for Information Services. "The ACRL is recognizing what students and faculty have known for years – Kayo is an innovative librarian who steadfastly supports academic research at Rutgers University through instruction, reference assistance, programming, and collaboration. I am delighted to join the ACRL in celebrating her accomplishments.”  

Please join us in congratulating Kayo on this tremendous accomplishment!


Here is the Press release from the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section announcing the award:

CHICAGO - Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies librarian at Rutgers University, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Career Achievement Award. The award honors significant long-standing contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

A plaque will be presented to Denda at a WGSS event during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Throughout her career, Kayo has been involved in planning and implementing academic and research programs in women & gender studies that are exemplary,” said award Chair Diane Fulkerson, director of information commons/library services at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. “She is an active member in WGSS and IFLA, and is a role model for not only women and gender studies librarians, but for all academic librarians.”

Denda is a past chair of WGSS. She led the team of activists and librarians that created the Center for Women’s Global Leadership Poster Collection, which won the 2012 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award. Denda currently serves as liaison to Rutgers University’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Institute for Research on Women, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and the Douglass Residential College.

Denda received her master’s degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies and Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.

For more information regarding the ACRL WGSS Career Achievement Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 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) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.