Girls to the Front: What Riot Grrrl Tells Us About Women in Library IT

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Dohe, Kate. "Girls to the Front: What Riot Grrrl Tells Us About Women in Library IT." In We Can Do I.T.: Women in Library Information Technology


This contribution to a collection of essays and personal narratives explores the author's background in patriarchal communities, and how riot grrrl became a foundational ethos of her career in library information technology.


Book description: Does gender play a role in library information technology (I.T.)? For the last several decades, libraries have primarily employed women, whereas I.T. jobs have been held by men. What happens when the two collide? What is it like for women who are working for I.T. within the library? Has it changed over time? Through personal narratives, we explore these questions and seek to provide guidance and encouragement for women and men in library I.T., those pursuing a career in library I.T., and library management. The collection includes themes concerning "Imposter Syndrome," career trajectory, experiences of sexism and biases. Contributors also offer advice and encouragement to those entering or already in the field. Examples of positions held by the contributors include managers, web developers, system librarians, programmers, and consultants. This collection provides a voice for women in library I.T., bringing their experiences from the margins to the center, and encouraging conversation for positive change.