CHICAGO – Randy Gue, curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections at Emory University, is the winner of the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship for his work in arranging, promoting and publicizing the LGBT archives of Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL).
The award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship. A plaque will be presented to Gue at 8:30 a.m. on July 1, 2013, at the WGSS program during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
“The awards committee was impressed with Randy’s idea of having MARBL's LGBT collection featured in the Atlanta Pride Festival,” said award chair Pamela Mann of St. Mary's College of Maryland. “This was an incredible opportunity to introduce the archives to members of the local LGBT community whose histories are chronicled in the collection and demonstrates the value of libraries and archival collections to the public.”
“Most of the attendees of the Pride Festival are not affiliated with Emory and had been unaware that a research library would collect this type of material,” Mann continued. “The booth at the festival was a great success. According to a number of his colleagues, hundreds of festival goers stopped by the booth, almost 2,000 postcards from the archive’s gay pulp fiction collection were given away and research visits started as early as the Monday following the event.”
Gue received his B.A. in history and film studies, along with M.A.s in history and film studies from Emory University.
For more information regarding the ACRL WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the ACRL awards website.
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