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Karla Strand

Karla Strand

Expert on the role of libraries and knowledge in the empowerment of women around the world, Wisconsin women's history, and contemporary women's and LGBTQ+ literature.

Gender and Women's Studies Librarian Libraries Work: 608-265-5408 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @karlajstrand


  • The role of libraries and knowledge in the empowerment of women around the world. Women's knowledge production, access, use, citation, and preservation.
  • U.S. women's history, particularly women's suffrage, oppression within women's and feminist movements, and Wisconsin women's history.
  • Contemporary women's and LGBTQ+ literature, especially lit by women and LGBTQ+ writers of underrepresented communities. Strengths: Reading list curation, resource reviewing, book blogging.
  • Feminist librarianship, diversity librarianship, social justice in libraries, diversity training. Expert research assistance.
  • Wisconsin, US, South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Nicaragua.


  • Writer of regular digital column for Ms. Magazine entitled "Feminist Know-It-All"
  • Administrator of Wisconsin Women Making History,; Creator of Women's Knowledge Digital Library,
  • National board member: Women's Vote Centennial Initiative, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, Reveal Digital.
  • Current book project: a history of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian at the UW for Litwin/Library Juice, forthcoming 2020.
  • Published work topics: role of libraries in the empowerment and leadership development of women, South African libraries, library services for LGBTQ+, and many book reviews.