LGBTQ+ folks in the library world face a range of issues that often overlap with other forms of oppression, including gender, race, ethnicity, ability, economic status and education level. Queer library folks with multiple identities often struggle to find acceptance and belonging, feeling excluded and invisible within an already marginalized community. This panel explores intersectionality and the ways that multiple forms of oppression are interconnected. Panelists discuss how each of their lived experiences is different. Attendees will leave with strategies for building respect for difference, creating open and accepting spaces for LGBTQ staff and library users, and increasing acceptance of people with complex identities.
Alanna Aiko Moore, APALA Vice President/President-Elect, University of California--San Diego, Librarian for Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies and Sociology, and Library Liaison to the Campus Community Centers, will present on intersectionality and the future of libraries and moderate a panel including David Lopez, Paige Flanagan, Michael Mungin, Kacen Callender and Chisa E. Uyeki.
Through questions posed by the moderator, panelists will explore intersectionality and the future of Libraries and its unique oppressions, from microaggressions to collection development to raising the next generation of intersectional library leaders. Panelists will discuss their personal and professional experiences with intersectionality and libraries, particularly how it relates to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Panelists will discuss ways to build upon these experiences in order to transform library services, including programming, outreach, collection development, and staff development and create a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable space.
Attendees will leave with a better understanding of intersectionality and the unique oppressions related to it along with strategies to counteract and stop microaggressions that occur in the services that libraries provide.
Through small group/table work, attendees will learn and share practical and timely advice, strategies, and solutions to some of the most difficult aspects of intersectionality, discrimination, and marginalization in libraries today.
Topics include intersectional discrimination and how it relates to staff development and training, collection management, community participation, and the ever-strengthening roles our profession has in transforming our libraries and communities into safe spaces that meet the diverse needs of all people in a complex, dynamic, and even dangerous political environment. A question and answer period will follow the presentation wherein attendees may ask questions of the panelists.
ALA Unit/Subunit: AFL-APALA,GLBTRT
Meeting Type: Chair's Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.