Confessions of a Librarian

Confessions of a Librarian: Ryan Barnette

Ryan Barnette is a Library Associate and Assistant Programmer at the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library System of Kentucky.  Less than twelve miles away from Cincinnati, Erlanger may seem hundreds of miles away when it comes to LGBT civil rights.  In spite of this, the Kenton County Public Library system has an… read more

Librarian (To Be): Stewart Van Cleve

Stewart Van Cleve is a library assistant at the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection is one of the largest LGBT special collections in the United States, well-regarded by LGBTIQ researchers around the world. 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the Tretter Collection, which makes this interview… read more

Confessions of a Librarian: Bleue Benton

Bleue Benton is the Collection Development Manager at the Oak Park Public Library, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.  She has established a groundbreaking transgender-specific public library collection in the United States, possibly setting a trend for libraries in other communities to follow. 1. What made you decide to become a librarian? How did… read more

Confessions of a Librarian: Janet Trumble

1. What made you decide to become a librarian?  How did you get into the profession? I wanted to be a writer ala Stephen King, but a steady paycheck and a love of grammar and books and kids just made teaching English a natural choice. However, I found myself coveting the librarian’s job in ever… read more

Confessions of a Librarian: Laurie Spurling

Laurie Spurling is a librarian at the Denver Public Library.  She also is a member of the American Library Association’s Rainbow Project, compiling annotated bibliographies of LGBTIQ children’s and young adult literature to assist librarians and teachers in selecting appropriate LGBTIQ materials for collections and curriculum.  (You can view the ALA Rainbow Project’s good work… read more

Confessions of a Librarian: Ellen Greenblatt

Ellen Greenblatt is the co-author of the classic text Gay and Lesbian Library Service (1990, McFarland).  Without this book, many librarians—LGBTIQ or otherwise—would not have known where to start in selecting books and improving services for gay and lesbian library patrons.  An updated, more comprehensive version of Gay and Lesbian Library Service will be available… read more

Calling All LGBTIQA Librarians!

The Lambda Literary Foundation “nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers”. We would like to recognize the valuable work that librarians do to select and promote LGBT literature of any kind…. read more