Michigan Academic Library Association - Event Information
Supporting LGBTQIA+ Patrons & Staff in Libraries - Part 2 of Creating Inclusive Libraries Series
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The Collaborating Partners* organizations will host Creating Inclusive Libraries: Gender and Sexuality Awareness, an online event series on Tuesday July 7, July 14, and July 21, at noon.(EDT).
Session 2 - Supporting LGBTQIA+ Patrons & Staff in Libraries
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT)
Presented by Kelly Boston
This presentation will go over basic information and terminology in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as how intersectionality with race, disability, and more shape the identities of library patrons. Best practices for inclusivity for patrons and staff will be shared. We will also cover the concept of self-censorship during collection development, the importance of including materials with characters and information that represent all patrons including LGBTQ+, and will include resources to guide you if they are challenged.
Kelly Boston is a certified school library media specialist in Michigan, and holds an MLIS degree and ND school library endorsement. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and lives with her wife and two cats, Calvin and Hobbes, in Grand Rapids Michigan where she serves on the Grand Rapids Public Library Board of Commissioners.
*Collaborating Partners are:
Library of Michigan
Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA)
Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME)
Michigan Cooperative Directors Association
Michigan Library Association (MLA)
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)