Library leaders navigate complex environments that require political savvy and deep connection to staff and the community. Often, these leaders are highly visible and seen as the public face of an agency or municipal department. In addition to the intricacies all library leaders face in remaining authentic in their work, queer leaders must decide how much of their queerness to bring to professional life. In this session, a panel of library leaders self-identified as GLBT offer real talk about the ways queerness does or does not affect board and staff relations, community interactions, service design, hiring procedures (including recruitment and talent development), involvement in the field of librarianship, and day-to-day work. Panel members will discuss the factors that contribute to their choice to be visibly queer or not in their professional lives. Questions from the audience will be welcomed after the presentation.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Career Development
Interests: Administration and Management, Career Advice, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Librarianship, Mentoring, New ALA Members, Organizational Change, Social Change
Type of Library: Academic, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Middle School, Public, Regional System, Rural, School/Media Center
Cost: Included with full conference registration.