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The Future of Library Services to Teens
The Future of Library Services to Teens | American Libraries Magazine
Objectives: To obtain basic facts and considered opinions from health care professionals and students nonlibrarian and librarian about the information needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered GLBT health care professionals and their interactions with medical librarians. Methods: The survey instrument was a Web-based questionnaire. A nonrandom sample of health care professionals and students librarian and nonlibrarian was obtained by posting messages to several large Internet electronic discussion groups GLBT and general and to randomly selected members of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Results: GLBT people have specific health information needs and concerns. The delivery of services needs to be done with privacy and respect for the feelings of the patron.
Teens Need Libraries
Check out these articles and websites for great suggestions on books to add to your collections and how to support GLBTQ youth. From the article:. So is finding materials in which LGBTQ students can see themselves—resources that reflect the stories of their lives and the themes that mirror their own questions and concerns. School librarians provide support through their very presence as well as through the services they can provide. What the Hell do I read?
June 24, In most American libraries, services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people and questioning teens are woefully inadequate. While the LGBT community has made strides toward marriage equality, visibility, state and local protections, and other civil rights gains, our libraries have lagged behind in providing the services that LGBT people deserve. It is the responsibility of all of us who hold strong the values of librarianship: access, equity, intellectual freedom, and diversity. Many argue there are not enough LGBT people in a community to justify purchasing materials or providing specialized programming.