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Archive for November, 2017

QLA review in AL

Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings, edited by Rae-Anne Montague and Lucas McKeever, includes essays contributed by members of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group. The four essays on developing library services to meet LGBTQ users’ needs cover how the profession has developed to respond to those needs. The first chronicles the case of Michael ­ McConnell, who in 1970 fought to keep a job offer that was rescinded because he was gay. The essay on LGBTQ services to British youth includes suggestions for improvements. Archives are central to the next essay, specifically the bravery in preserving records in the face of official opprobrium. Hearkening back to Adler’s book is an essay on the discriminatory nature of the Universal Decimal Classification. The second group of four essays looks at ways to augment queer professional practice, starting with serving LGBTQ populations in rural India. The next describes how staff at the Mariestad Public Library in Sweden worked with local LGBTQ advocates to expand awareness and improve services. Collection development issues, particularly expanding special collections to include material from local LGBTQ groups and using social media for promotion, round out the book. Library Juice Press, 2017. 282 P. $35. 978-1-63400-031-4. – Karen Muller