Submitted by Sandra Enimil: Please join the Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee for a 90 minute workshop from the American Library Association (ALA) entitled “Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop,” Wednesday, June 7, 2:30 p.m., with presenter Jessica Jupitus. The program will be viewed in the Thompson Library, Rooms 150 A/B. A 30-minute discussion will follow the viewing.
Librarians are always thinking of ways to reach more users, make the library a more welcoming environment, and provide patrons with better services. With the increasing visibility of gay, queer, transgender, and gender non-binary issues, it has been evident that more people are interested in better understanding these communities and how to offer services that are both respectful and helpful.
Information on sexuality and gender identity can be hard to find, and sometimes patrons are uncomfortable asking and discussing these topics. In this workshop, Jupitus will provide you with informative ways on how you can create a warm and welcoming space with visible allies to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community and help develop your library services all at the same time. You’ll come out of the session with great programming ideas and strategies to get your administration and community on board.
- Learn about different programs and guidelines to serve people who identify as LGBTQIA
- How to create a safe and welcoming space
- Community partnerships and local tie-ins to increase your reach
- The importance of offering these services and how to persuade administrators and others in your community to be supportive of these new initiatives
Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Send emails to Sandra Enimil to confirm attendance.