Published on February 16, 2014
Information Across the Spectrum Presents: LGBTQ Perspectives in Libraries Panel: Chris Bulin, Kirsten Hansen, Jean Hardy, and Ashley Walker
Equal Opportunity Statements ● Does it include Sexual Orientation, Gender Expression, Gender Identity? ● Is it prominently displayed or made easily available to applicants? ● Does diversity training support this aspect of the EOE statement?
Employee Benefits ● How do you define spouse? Is it partner inclusive? (not just domestic partner but same-sex spouse) ● Are the requirements for dependent eligibility the same for same-sex spouses?
Employee Benefits Cont’d. ● Are benefits for same-sex spouses included in all benefits (bereavement, FMLA, life insurance, etc.)? or only health care? ● Transgender inclusive by World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care (WPATH SOC)
Transgender Support ● Do you have a policy describing organizational support for transitioning employees? ● Do you have gender neutral bathrooms available for employees and visitors/patrons/customers/members?
Employee Feedback ● Do you collect non-binary gender information on demographic surveys? (examples) ● What about an anonymous way to report sexual orientation? ● Do you have an LGBTQ focused committee or other employee group?
LBGTQ Young Adult Collections ● Why LGBTQ literature for young adults? ● An exciting time in LGBTQ YA books ● Resources for collection development ○ ALA GLBT Round Table ○ ALA Rainbow Books ○ ALA Stonewall Award ○ Variety of blogs
Issues to Consider ● Know your community ● Clear collection policy AND procedure for challenged books ● Once you have the books, don’t hide them! ● Inclusivity is key ● Collection development is just part of creating a LGBTQ-friendly library.
Outreach ● ● ● ● Libraries as safe spaces Narratives are an important part of identity formation Facilitating access to unbiased information Libraries can help overcome financial and social limitations
Areas of Concern ● Privacy issues ● Diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community ● Censorship: internal and external
Advice for Libraries ● ● ● ● Staff education Assess community needs Make LGBTQIA+ materials more visible and accessible Collection policies to protect LGBTQIA+ materials
What is an LGBT Community Library? ● Marsha P. Johnson Memorial Library at the University of Washington Q Center in Seattle ● Teri Rose Memorial Library at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago ● Jim Toy Library at the University of Michigan Spectrum Center
What can librarians do for LGBTCLs? ● Queer & trans librarians? ○ If there isn’t a community library, consider starting one in a community space. ● All librarians? ○ Respecting community spaces ○ Fielding patrons ○ Donating time/money/material
LGBT Community Libraries & Public Libraries ● Taking on similar characteristics ○ As public libraries become specifically designed as community spaces, they gain similar characteristics to community libraries ● Tread lightly, resources matter. ○ As libraries become community spaces, make sure that you’re not accessing resources (especially monetarily), that community libraries would normally be needing.
Resources ● ● ● Human Rights Campaign. (2013). Corporate Equality Index Survey. Retrieved from http: //www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/Corporate_Equlaity_Index_2013_Survey.pdf Human Rights Campaign. (2014). Collecting Transgender-Inclusive Gender Data in Workplace and Other Surveys. Retrieved from http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/collectingtransgender-inclusive-gender-data-in-workplace-and-other-surveys Rawson, Casey. (2011). “Are All Lists Created Equal? Diversity in Award-Winning and Bestselling Young Adult Fiction.” Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (1),3 Retrieved from: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2011/06/are-all-lists-created-equal-diversity-inaward-winning-and-bestselling-young-adult-fiction/
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