To engage interested students and visitors with the issues of power and marginalization embedded in the lesbian pulp fiction collection books, we evaluated our collection through a social justice framework. Subsequently, we created an online exhibit that expands access beyond ‘neutral’ bibliographic elements (author, title, and publisher). It includes features that help the user understand the relevance of the items. In this session, we explore the social context of the special collection, the process of evaluating the collection and creating the online exhibit. The focus of providing an online exhibit of the lesbian pulp fiction collection is to provide contextual information to better understand and access individual books. We are also exploring additional ways of making connections and providing transparency around the decisions inherent in creating a special collection. In this way, we hope to make the links between this special collection and the communities it represents more visible. Participants will be given the opportunity to engage with, some of the challenges and dilemmas of employing social justice elements not traditionally used with library collections and comparing their solutions with our online implementation.
Denyse Rodrigues – E-Learning & Library Research Services Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.