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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

this is not okay.

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microaggressions are not okay.

racial profiling is not okay. (science is okay.)

racist curriculum is not okay. 

blatant discrimination is not okay. 

this is not ok.

read up, speak up, act up, repeat

alise conn@ct

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) celebrates 100 years in 2015! The annual conference in Chicago, emphasizing Reflections on Social Justice and Re-Imagining LIS Education, included a session featuring local organizations involved in social justice, which I was pleased to moderate. Participants discussed current issues and goals and considered possibilities for creating collaborative solutions with representatives from:

•Gerber/Hart Library and Archives – http://www.gerberhart.org

•Inspiration Corporation – http://www.inspirationcorp.org

•South Side Community Art Center – http://www.sscartcenter.org

•Teen Living Programs – http://www.tlpchicago.org

ALISE conn@ct participants – Lucas McKeever, Clara Chu, Skyla Hearn, Jason Gerig, Rae-Anne Montague, Jeri Linas

 

advocacy @ your library

hawai‘i library association (hla) was founded in 1922. it aims to:

  • to promote library service and the profession in hawai‘i
  • to promote the continued improvement of hawai‘i libraries
  • to support hawai‘i librarians in their professional roles
  • to promote the participation of hawai‘i librarians and libraries in regional, national, and global arena

several hundred librarians, library students, and others gathered for the fall conference in honolulu on december 5 & 6. the theme was advocacy – assessment, campaigns, coalitions, collaboration, communication, fundraising, outreach, social media, etc. 

american library association (ala) president courtney young started us off with a lively talk – and shared some of her conference experiences on twitter.

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patty wong, yolo county librarian/archivist, gave the second keynote with 10 important ideas about advocacy

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concurrent sessions offered participants an opportunity to actively explore many issues of interest including community engagement, consortia, hawaiian knowledge, instruction, makerspaces, and preservation. exhibitors showed off their products and library and information science (lis) students organized a silent auction to fundraise for scholarships! in between formal sessions, there was time to enjoy excellent food and catch up with friends. to close, we gathered in a circle to listen to auntie puanani burgess‘s inspiring words. mahalo nui loa organizers, presenters, and participants for an outstanding conference!

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Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa Ho’okele Na’auao

Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa hosted Ho’okele Na’auao | Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium 2014 on October 23 in collaboration with Hawai’inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) Kamakakūokalani Resource Center and the Library & Information Science (LIS) Program.

This symposium emphasized preservation including discussion and viewing of 19th century kapa moe, which had been recently restored. The general purpose was three-fold:

  1. To increase the number of Library and Information Science Native Hawaiian graduate students
  2. To build a strong collaborative relationship between HSHK and the LIS program
  3. To promote Hawaiian Librarianship and its importance in the 21st century.
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Ho‘okele Na‘auao literally means to sail or navigate towards knowledge. With the amount of information that is readily available these days, information professionals have now become the navigators, working alongside users to guide them to the appropriate resources and, ultimately, their destination.

Learn more via Twitter – #hookele2014

how lesbians invented the internet and other stories from toronto

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On October 18, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information hosted Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium. This event enabled lively discussion around many of the topics explored in the Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader‘s 27 essays, which situate the field of Information Studies into critical conversation with studies of gender, sexuality, race, and technology. Here is an excerpt from the Colloquium description:

Perhaps more than any other discipline, information studies confronts the theoretical with the material. From the collections we build to the access tools we design to the histories we collect, catalog, and preserve, information studies theorists and practitioners are always engaged in the projects of making and being made.

Scholars presented on many exciting projects including The Circle of Lesbian Indexers, Feminist Porn, and Black LGBTQ Brilliance. Check out the full schedule here and learn more about what was shared via Twitter – #gsisc2014.

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

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Taylor Parks and Brianna Walker processing photographs

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Molly Wayne processing photographs

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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.