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University of Wisconsin
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Libraries, libraries for women's empowerment, women's history, library history, international libraries, feminism, suffrage, Wisconsin women, book reviews, women authors, WOC authors, LGBTQ, queer, racism and white privilege
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About Me

I’m the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian (GWSL) for the University of Wisconsin. Created in 1977, the Office of the GWSL is one of the premier resources for support of gender and women’s studies and LGBTQ scholarship and librarianship in the country. From a base at UW Madison’s Memorial Library, the Office serves the UW System and beyond in many ways, including the publication of three GWS-focused journals and an online database of GWS-focused films. Karla provides research assistance, creative cooperation, information sharing, and advocacy to scholars and activists whose work is focused on gender equality, women’s history, feminism, girls’ studies, and LGBTQ studies. She oversees projects such as Wisconsin Women Making History and the International Women’s Library. She is currently serving on the national boards of the Women’s Centennial Vote Initiative and Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association as well as the editorial board of Reveal Digital. Strand holds a bachelor’s in history and women’s studies from Carroll College, a master’s in library and information science from UW-Milwaukee, and a doctorate in information science from the University of Pretoria (South Africa). Her professional, research, and life interests are focused on the roles that libraries, information, and knowledge play in the empowerment of women and girls throughout the world.

Recent Publications
  • Strand, K.J. & Britz, J.J. (2018). The Evolving Role of Public Libraries in South Africa in Addressing Information Poverty: A Historical Context. Library Management, 39(6/7).
  • Strand, K.J. (2017). The Role of Libraries in the Eradication of Information Poverty and Empowerment of Women. In C. Mnubi-Mchombu and T.V. Warikandwa (Eds.), Women’s Rights and the Role of Women in Poverty Eradication: A Contemporary Namibian Perspective (pages 122-130). Windhoek, Namibia: University of Namibia Human Rights & Documentation Centre, Faculty of Law.
  • Strand, K.J. (2016). An exploration into the role of public libraries in the alleviation of information inequality and poverty in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Unpublished doctoral dissertation)University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Strand, Karla J. (2015). The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order [Review of the book The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order, by K. Eichhorn]. Journal of American History,  102, 957-958.
  • Numerous other book reviews, newsletter articles, and blog posts.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Wisconsin, United States, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Nicaragua
Expertise by Geography
Africa, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Race, Sexuality, Women