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DocuQueer CFP

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IFLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Users Special Interest Group (SIG) is hosting a conference! 

Sessions will include keynotes and tours of some of the most fabulous collections in the world as well as presentations by local librarians and archivists and international speakers.

The LGBTQ Users SIG is now seeking submissions for presentations. Please share your critical understanding and/or innovative approaches to meeting the informational needs of LGBTQ individuals and communities. 

More info: http://2016.ifla.org/cfp-calls/lgbtq-users-special-interest-group

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i am glad you are here

The American Association of School Librarians hosted the 17th National Conference, experience, education, evolution, in Columbus, OH from November 5-8. The gathering featured many informative sessions including a keynote by Caldecott Medal-winning author Brian Selznick on the power of stories. Selznick’s newest creation, The Marvels, shows how fiction is often better at telling the truth than facts.

The IdeaLab was another fantastic event showcasing effective practices. Computer monitors were set up for presentations on tables around a large room and participants browsed topics of interest.

AASL IdeaLab 2015

IdeaLab, AASL National Conference, Columbus, OH, November 5, 2015

I hosted a space at the IdeaLab on LGBTQ Inclusion @ Your Library. Several hundred librarians stopped by to discuss strategies for effective collection development, curriculum connections, programming, and special events. As with other library events, participants’ responses to the content were mixed. Most were approving of the ideas, many indicated they lacked experience with LGBTQ content, several expressed concerns about promoting access because of potential negative administrative and/or community response, and a few people said quietly, “I am glad you are here.” That was nice of them to say, but, it would be much better if they didn’t feel the need to speak quietly or if these conversations simply weren’t so problematic. All LGBTQ youth deserve school (and public) librarians who are fully prepared to support them with robust access and effective services.

Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings CFP

International forums such as the World Pride Human Rights Conference (WPHRC) and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) delve into issues of interest and concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people on a global scale.[1],[2] We have not seen this sort of consideration in the context of library and information studies. For example, until recently, no substantial discussions of issues related to library services for LGBTQ community members had taken place within the International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations (IFLA) Conference’s 80 year history. The 2014 launch of the IFLA LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group (SIG) represents a turning point in this story. Within this anthology, Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings, we aim to extend this narrative and explore these matters more fully.[3]

Library user groups should not be overlooked. As a population that is often the subject of discrimination and harassment, LGBTQ people benefit from the access to information and the sense of community library programs foster. Librarians have a professional obligation to ensure that all library users have free and equal access to a wide range of library services, materials, and programs – regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, etc. Some information organizations embrace this commitment and some collections emphasize LGBTQ materials – and we can and should learn from these examples, but there are many gaps in our practice and understanding.[4]

This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in late 2015, serves as a point of departure to enhance queer understanding. We invite submissions based on topics of contemporary importance to librarians serving LGBTQ users around the world, such as: professional attitudes, library as safe and welcoming space, challenges to providing services and innovative programming, effective practice in acquiring, collecting, and preserving materials including literature, academic works, and texts of interest to LGBTQ youth and families, intersections, outreach, and partnerships with community organizations.

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. It will offer insights into the current climate and trends. Diverse geographic perspectives will inform critical understanding and professional practice – and encourage further imagining.

The target audience for this foundational text includes all types of librarians, archivists, curators, library educators, and other community members interested in considering library and information services for LGBTQ people.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts up to 500 words to queerlibraryalliance@gmail.com by January 15, 2015. Notifications will be sent by March 1 and manuscripts from 4000-6000 words will be due by June 15, 2015.

[1] World Pride Human Rights Conference. http://www.wphrc14.com/program

[2] International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association. http://ilga.org

[3] International Federation of Library Associations and Organizations Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Users Special Interest Group. http://www.ifla.org/about-lgbtq

[4] Wikipedia Incomplete List of LGBTQ Archives/Libraries/Special Collections. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libraries_and_the_LGBT_community#Incomplete_List_of_LGBTQ_Archives.2FLibraries.2FSpecial_Collections

 

qla @ Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

On Saturday, July 19, participants from the queer library alliance (qla) had an opportunity to visit the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, which contains over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections featuring records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and related organizations from Chicago and around the Midwest.

We toured the facility and assisted with processing an incredible collection of photographs featuring the legendary drag queen Miss Tillie, the Dirty Old Lady of Chicago, and friends dating from the 1940s.

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Melissa Funfsinn and Lucas McKeever in the Archives

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Brianna Walker, Alice Logue, and Thaddeus Andracki processing photographs

Gerber/Hart

Taylor Parks and Brianna Walker processing photographs

Gerber/Hart

Molly Wayne processing photographs

Gerber/Hart

Alice Logue and Rae-Anne Montague processing photographs

This extensive set of photos documenting an important facet of our history is a good example of the valuable resources Gerber/Hart strives to preserve.

If you are in Chicago, check out the collection at 6500 N Clark St. Also, consider making a donation to support the Library and Archives’ important work.

 

 

a queer library alliance for young people: using books with LGBTQ content

On June 6, my friend and colleague Thaddeus Andracki and I spoke about queer issues and materials—especially in libraries and especially relating to local issues in Hawai‘i at the Children’s Literature Hawai‘i Seventeenth Biennial Conference at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Here’s the abstract describing the three areas we discussed:

We review options for selecting materials with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) content to support personal and community goals. We look at challenges to providing access to queer materials. Finally, we consider possibilities to develop collections and programming with GLBTQ content aligned with emerging needs of children and young adults. Presenters will offer ideas and incorporate examples to encourage participants to share knowledge and engage in open discussion throughout the session.

We were very pleased with participant engagement. More details including slides are available at Tad’s blog.

rae and tad sharing some favorite reads at children’s literature hawai’i conference 2014

books as building blocks

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Librarians are charged to develop collections and provide access to materials. Weeding is an essential aspect of this process. While specific criteria vary, weeding policies are usually based on circulation, physical condition, and accuracy. In order to reduce waste, discarded books are often resold, donated, or recycled. As LJ reported, Dalhousie University Libraries recently partnered with a local community resource center to repurpose their discards in an innovative way.

The Blockhouse School Project is based on principles of permaculture: caring for the earth and people via sustainable systems. Dal delivered 10,000 discarded books to the Blockhouse School to use in insulating the building. They were stacked into a wall of books and covered with a mixture of clay, sand, and straw.

Blockhouse School also hosted a New Life for Old Books exhibit and asked community members to develop more repurposing ideas via art, craft, garden, construction, installations, performance — anything else you can think of!