About WINE

The Women’s Information Network of Europe, WINE, is a network of libraries, archives, and information centres across Europe. The purpose of the network is to provide a common platform to help facilitate discussion and information-sharing in the areas of gender, feminist and women’s studies and research. Currently more than 50 organizations from many countries are members of WINE.

WINE member meetings are often arranged in conjunction with other larger events, where many WINE members are expected to be in attendance.

Between WINE member meetings, two tools in particular are used to facilitate and enhance continued communication, information-sharing and discussion among WINE members: the WINE blog and the WINE mailing list.

  WINE and IFLA members at first joint-meeting in Tampere, August 2012

The WINE Blog

WINE members have the opportunity to become WINE blog authors and contribute to the content of the WINE website. The blog allows authors to quickly and easily share information on a variety of topics.  Blog posts range from information regarding upcoming conferences and events, to newly available resources and tools, recent publications, and calls for proposals and submissions, etc. New blog posts appear regularly, allowing both members and non-members to follow news and events from the WINE world.

Please share your information on the WINE blog! You can request to become a WINE blog author by sending us an e-mail.

OR, you can send us an e-mail with the information that you would like uploaded on to the blog, and we will ensure that it is posted. Just enclose all the necessary information, and include a picture if relevant.

The WINE Mailing List

While the WINE network is comprised of libraries, archives, and information centres, the WINE mailing list is open to any individual or group interested in receiving news and updates from the WINE network. Via the mailing list, both members and non-members can share information that they feel is pertinent to those on the list. Often the WINE mailing list is used to provide subscribers with a short notice about a given topic that then refers them to the full content on the blog. Information shared using the mailing list ensures that all those who are subscribed will receive it.

Both the WINE blog and mailing list provide members with platforms that allow them to share important and interesting information regarding gender, feminist and women’s research with a wider audience.

WINE Joint Initiatives

By bringing together various European organizations working within the fields of gender, feminist and women’s research and studies, the WINE network also helps facilitate collaborations between its members.

WINE members have a history of collaborating together on a number of joint initiatives. An example of one such undertaking is the recent and successful FRAGEN project.

The FRAGEN project brought together women’s libraries and academic researchers from across Europe, many of whom are current WINE network members, or belong to organizations who are members.  Those who participated in the project were responsible for selecting the most relevant texts (books, articles, pamphlets, etc.) from feminist movements of the second part of the 20th century. Texts were selected between 2008 – 2011, they were then digitized and made available in the form of a database. The project sought to help facilitate future comparative research in the history of feminist thinking from the second part of the 20th century in 27 EU countries and in Croatia and Turkey. Click here for more information regarding the FRAGEN project.

The WINE network also has a history of working with other associations/networks whom also share an interest in gender, feminist and/or women’s research. For instance, the WINE network holds a working relationship with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). This past August (2012), the WINE network, along with the IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group and the MINNA Centre for Gender Equality in Finland, organized a conference entitled “How can libraries and information centres improve access to women’s information and preserve women’s cultural heritage?” Several themes were addressed at the conference including library and information professionals democratizing access to women’s information, preserving women’s cultural heritage, working towards gender equality, and tools to document the history of women.

By combining their resources and working together, the WINE network and the other associations who partake in these joint initiatives, are able to increase their outputs and impact. They are also able to learn from one another and benefit from the well-established networks each contributor brings, giving all the opportunity to communicate with individuals whom they may not have previously been able to reach.

Gothenburg, August 2010

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