On Friday 11th November 2011, I gave a presentation at the Librarians for Young Adults conference run by Melbourne Library Service (@melbyouth). My presentation, Serving GLBTQ Youth in Public Libraries, was a short rundown of the research I’ve been doing, and a call to arms of sorts for youth services librarians to think about ways to serve their young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning users.
I’m deeply invested in this topic, and plan to do more with it in the future (although I’m not yet sure what shape that ‘more’ will take).
I had a great time speaking at and helping organise Librarians for Young Adults (so many fingers, so many pies), and I met some really great people who I’m looking forward to catching up with again, as well as seeing some folks I hold dear, including the amazing, passionate team behind the ProTeens volunteering kit.
In the meantime, I’ve put the resources list I handed out on the day up here, so please feel free to wander over and check some of them out. I plan to update the list periodically, and am open to suggestions if you think there’s a great link I should have up there but don’t.
And here’s my slides from the day: