Okay, serious non-reblog time, folks! I’m a teen librarian who will be presenting a paper I wrote about balancing your library’s LGBTQ+ teen section at the YALSA YA Literature Symposium in November.
The basic point of my paper is: hey, yes, represent the whole acronymn, that’s step one, but also diversify your collection by source of conflict (family, faith, social, identity, romantic), perspective (outside looking in, or inside looking out), other aspects of diversity (ethnicity, culture, disability,etc.), and use of labels (to label, or not to label?).
I’ve done lots of reading and research to prepare the paper/presentation, but I’m still only one bisexual white lady. I would like to crowdsource the last few minutes of my presentation. All are welcome to submit, but I would especially love to hear from the 13-20 year old crowd. I will redact all identifying information for the final presentation.
You have a room full of teen librarians: what do you want them to hear?
(would appreciate reblogs if you feel it fits your blog: thegayya sslibrarianship heyteenbookshey etc.)
This is a seriously great chance to make your voices heard, guys! We’ll be sending in what we think soon, and we encourage you all to do the same: It’s not often you get this kind of opportunity.