Coming Soon!
LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Children's Librarianship
Policies, Programs, and Practices
by Lucy Santos Green, Jenna Spiering, Vanessa Lynn Kitzie, and Julia Erlanger
May 2022, 160pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7677-6
$45, £34, 39€, A61
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7678-3
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True inclusion of LGBTQIA+ children and families in our libraries requires more than diverse books on our shelves.

This book breaks new ground, offering school and public librarians serving children in grades K–8 a roadmap for implementing and upholding queer-inclusive programs, policies, and services.

School and public librarians are serving ever greater numbers of LGBTQIA+ children and families. Transgender children may begin to express a strong sense of gender identity as early as 2–3 years of age. Children are also identifying as gay much sooner than earlier generations—often between the ages of 7 and 12. Additionally, more children than ever before are living with LGBTQIA+ caregivers.

In seeking to make our programs and services inclusive and equitable for these growing populations, librarians may court controversy and face community backlash from patrons who feel queer-inclusive content is inappropriate for young children. This book codifies a set of best practices for librarians as they rise to this challenge, defining queer-inclusive programs, identifying potential barriers to implementation, and offering strategies and resources to overcome them.

Features

• Focuses on inclusive library programs and services for children in grades K–8, not teens or adults • Pushes librarians to see beyond the collection when considering young LGBTQIA+ patrons' needs • Guides librarians through the process of adapting their existing services and practices for greater inclusivity • Equips librarians to confront community pushback against inclusive children's programming
Lucy Santos Green, EdD, is professor of information science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. In addition to editing two other books on flipped learning in higher education and collaborative instructional partnerships, she has authored more than 40 articles and presented internationally and nationally more than 120 times on school librarianship, technology-enabled inquiry learning, and digital learning environments. Green currently leads EQuIP, a federally funded research project investigating the impact of school librarian collaborative teaching on student learning.

Jenna Spiering, PhD, is assistant professor of information science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally about issues pertaining to school librarianship, including young adult literature (particularly graphic novels and LGBTQIA+ literature), issues of censorship and selection, curation, and literature discussion. She was recently awarded a 2020 AASL Research Grant.

Vanessa Kitzie, PhD, is assistant professor of information science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She currently leads two federally funded research projects focused on understanding how LGBTQIA+ communities in South Carolina address their health questions and concerns and facilitating these practices via public and medical librarian partnerships. She co-leads a project examining library staff and drag performer perceptions of and experiences with drag storytimes. Kitzie has recently received the ALISE ProQuest Methodology Paper award and the University of South Carolina Breakthrough Scholar award.

Julia Erlanger, MSLIS, is a youth services librarian for Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento, CA. She specializes in queer youth services and has a background in gender studies. Teen patrons have described her as "super excited about things" and "weird, but like, good weird." She earned her masters in library and information science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with a specialization in youth services, and was awarded the school's Anne M. Boyd/Beta Phi Mu Award, in 2014. This is her first publication.
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