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UHM LIS Program celebrates 50th anniversary!

UHM LIS Program Week Proclamation

UHM LIS Program Week Proclamation Ceremony with Governor Ige – https://www.flickr.com/photos/govhawaii/sets/72157656293463714

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) Library and Information Science (LIS) program turns 50 this year. In recognition of this milestone, this week has been officially proclaimed UHM LIS Program Week!

As noted in the proclamation, our theme is Information Horizons – an overarching rainbow of possibilities and opportunities for information professionals. In line with this theme, we hosted a lecture to reflect on our ideas and actions, which emphasized engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Dean Emeritus Miles Jackson (1975-1995) was the featured speaker.

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Dean Emeritus Miles M. Jackson met with students, alumni, and faculty following the inaugural Information Horizons lecture.

A recording of the lecture will soon be available on the website – hawaii.edu/lis.   Read more about the celebrations at UH News.

ifla lgbtq users sig @ cape town

the ifla lgbtq users sig participated in the 81st general conference and assembly.

ifla lgbtq users sig business meeting participants

we organized a business meeting and session – and enjoyed queer cape town hospitality. at the business meeting, we introduced a new facebook page and discussed plans for the 2016 satellite meeting in chicago! papers are available in the ifla library.

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

 

LGBTQ Users SIG formed @ IFLA

In December 2013, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) approved the creation of an LGBTQ Users special interest group (SIG):

As part of our professional commitment to provide access to information, librarians are charged to support the full range of users’ informational needs including those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people. That said, substantial discussions of issues related to library services for LGBTQ community members have not taken place at IFLA. The LGBTQ Users SIG will address this gap in professional knowledge by offering opportunities to engage in discussions about this often-invisible user group. This SIG will enable librarians to consider topics including professional attitudes, outreach, privacy, programming, and effective practice in acquiring and collecting materials of importance to LGBTQ people and allies. This includes literature, academic texts, materials for LGBTQ youth and families, and other works that encourage thinking critically about issues of sexuality and gender identity. Dialogue to support librarians in addressing concerns raised about LGBTQ library services will also be encouraged within the SIG.

Lucas McKeever and I will co-convene the first meeting of this group later this year at the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. More details and the CFP are posted here on the IFLA website.

March 2014 Update: Session details are now available.

August 2014 Update: Session program and photos from our first business meeting are now available. And Frédéric Malenfer sketched us!

IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG First Business Meeting Sketch by Frédéric Malenfer.

IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG First Business Meeting Sketch by Frédéric Malenfer.