Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, gender non-conforming and other queer folks in the library world face a range of issues which often overlap with other forms of oppression, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, economic status and education level. Library folks with multiple identities often struggle to find acceptance and belonging, feeling excluded and invisible within an already marginalized community. This panel will explore intersectionality—a concept coined by scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in the late 1980’s—and the ways that multiple forms of oppression are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from each other. The queer library folk featured will discuss how even though they share an identity, each of their lived experiences is different. Attendees will leave with strategies for building respect for difference, creating open and accepting spaces for queer staff and library users, and increasing acceptance of people with complex identities. Co-sponsored by the 2018 JCLC Steering Committee and the JCLC Inc. Board of Directors.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Services
Interests: Administration and Management, Career Advice, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Leadership, Librarianship, Multicultural Services, Professional Development, Recruitment, Social Change
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Rural, School/Media Center, Special, State Library, Tribal, Undergraduate
Sponsors: GLBTRT, AFL_JCLC
Cost: Included with full conference registration.