Librarianship | Sandra Stacey | June 06, 2016
Look around your library through the eyes of an LGBT patron. Is it welcoming? Safe? Inclusive? Does the library help foster a sense of community? See some ideas of how to increase the value of your library for LGBT patrons.
Look around your library through the eyes of an LGBT patron. Is it welcoming? Safe? Inclusive? Does the library help foster a sense of community? Perhaps not so much? Libraries have the ability to be safe and inclusive havens for LGBT patrons and allies. Libraries can be where LGBT patrons conduct research, read the latest novel and support relationships with the wider LGBT community. Is your library doing it all it can to be a welcoming and open environment?
Here are some ideas to increase the value of your library for LGBT patrons:
Librarians, specifically, can be a welcoming resource for LGBT patrons by wearing Pride buttons, stopping bullying, becoming more familiar with LGBT resources, and by engaging LGBT groups in their communities to market the services of the library.
For more information on making your library more LGBT-inclusive:
From the EBSCO LGBT Life with Full Text database:
Betz, J. (2012). Library as Safe Space-Librarian as Ally. GLBTRT Newsletter: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgendered Round Table, 24(1), 4.
Day, S. (2013). LIBRARIES AS LGBTIQ VENUES. Gay & Lesbian Issues & Psychology Review, 9(1), 46-50.
Folds, R. (2011). don’t be left out! Echelon Magazine, 28.
Hart, G., & Mfazo, N. (2010). Places for all? Cape Town’s public library services to gays and lesbians. South African Journal of Libraries & Information Science, 76(2), 98-108.
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