Karla J. Strand is a queer librarian and information professional dedicated to using knowledge and libraries for the empowerment of women and girls around the world.

Dr. Strand is currently the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian (GWSL) for the University of Wisconsin System. 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.

In her position as GWSL, Karla reviews resources focused on gender, women, and queer issues and communities, especially reference items, scholarly books, and films. A selection of citations and fulltext reviews can be found on the Publications page. Karla is now sharing reviews on the Writing page of this website and recently began accepting requests for reviews. Karla is focused on womxn writers and resources that have gender, women’s, or queer themes; that is specifically, women from the Global South, women of color, black women, trans women, gender non-conforming writers, women who are disabled, and more. See the Review Policy for more information on having Karla review your book!

You can find Karla on social media as well as NetGalley, Gravatar, and ResearchGate.