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Confessions of a Librarian: Ryan Barnette

Posted on November 24, 2010 by in Interviews

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 excellent collection of LGBT resources thanks to Ryan, gay-friendly librarians, and a community that values the public library as a community resource.

Librarian (To Be): Stewart Van Cleve

Posted on October 28, 2010 by in Interviews

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 a timely one. Without our LGBT curators and archivists, the majority of our LGBT books simply would not exist—they preserve the history that we read about every day.

Confessions of a Librarian: Bleue Benton

Posted on September 27, 2010 by in Interviews

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 you get into the profession?

When I was seven years old, I had wanted to be a librarian my whole life; knowing this made everything so much easier. I studied foreign languages for my undergraduate degree and received recruitment offers from the CIA because I knew Russian, a strategic language back in the 1970s. Even with the interesting choice of becoming a librarian or a spy, I chose librarian. (more…)

Confessions of a Librarian: Janet Trumble

Posted on August 30, 2010 by in Interviews

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 school I taught in. I was discouraged by tales of the limited number of jobs available and thus hesitated to invest in the certification. A teacher friend of mine who was working on her MLS convinced me to do it. I did, and snagged a job at a new school opening that very next fall. My current principal was opening the school, and while I had no library experience, I guess he knew me well enough to know I could handle it. I’m starting my fourth year now. It’s the best job in the world! (more…)

Confessions of a Librarian: Laurie Spurling

Posted on August 17, 2010 by in Interviews

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 here).

1. What made you decide to become a librarian?  How did you get into the profession?

I was made a ward of our school library in 5th grade when I was caught stealing a book on how to become a saint.  I didn’t have aspirations of sainthood; I just thought the steps leading up to canonization were fascinating.  I continued working in libraries through high school and college.  I knew I was “called” to the profession around the same time I knew I was gay, but I tried a variety of other jobs until I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I enrolled in graduate school when I was thirty and have been a librarian for 17 years working in special, academic, and public libraries in five states.  It has been a fascinating career and I am grateful for my occupation and the people I have met along the way. (more…)

Confessions of a Librarian: Ellen Greenblatt

Posted on July 15, 2010 by in Interviews

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 from McFarland this fall.   Currently Ellen is Associate Director for Scholarly Information and Digital Initiatives at the Auraria Library of the University of Colorado Denver.

Calling All LGBTIQA Librarians!

Posted on April 25, 2010 by in News

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. (more…)