From the Shelf: LGBTQ Resources

Diversity. Diverse authors, diverse classes and programs, and a diverse community; that’s one of the things that the library is all about!  You might not have known this, but libraries have their own code of ethics that they adhere to. The American Library Association’s Code of Ethics is a broad guideline upon which we conduct ourselves whilst in library-land. It holds quite a few awesome ethical guidelines, but the one we’re going to focus on today is, ”We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.” (American Library Association, 2008)

To me, the above guideline is a clear statement that it is my duty as a library professional to serve all of my customers with compassion and to uphold their individual dignity. I work in Youth and Family Services and back in June I did a small teen display for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Pride Month. I wanted to show that we were dedicated to serving all of our customers with compassion and without judgment. Wouldn’t you know that every single item on that display checked out. WOW! Let me say it again, every single item checked out! The odd thing about that statistic is that we don’t often get questions on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally a teen will slowly walk up, fear and uncertainty clear in his or her face, and ask for resources; however, most of the time all we hear are crickets on the subject. The combination of these two things got me thinking. It is clear to me that these resources are sought after, and it is equally clear that people are hesitant to ask for these resources. My conclusion? We must have a bibliographic blog!

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What to do if…

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There have been 162 school shootings in the United States since 2013. It seems that every month there is another tragedy involving an active shooter and innocent victims. It is difficult for us to imagine the horror experienced by the victims at Sandy Hook, in Oregon, Arizona, and most recently, in San Bernardino. Many years ago, a good friend of mine was the victim of an armed robbery while he was working in a convenience store. It sounds a little cliché, but he told me all he could think about was his family while he was looking down the barrel of that gun. He couldn’t even give an accurate description of the gunman, because he was so focused on that gun. That being said, there are some precautions and actions we can take that may help save lives. These are not foolproof, by any means, but they may help mitigate the danger. Below are some useful tips from the Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading “What to do if…”

Staff Review: The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

It’s late, and you’ve decided to do a little light reading before turning in for the night. By the soft light of the bedside lamp, you pick up the first book in John Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series, Revenge of the Witch. As you crack open the book you hear a soft rumbling from the storm outside. You snuggle a bit more under the covers and open up to where you left off and read, “And open it did, very slowly, with a loud creak. Something stepped into the room. I felt coldness then. Real coldness. The kind of coldness that told me something was close that didn’t belong on this earth.” What’s going to happen? Is it a spirit? Is it a man? You start to feel the dread thirteen-year-old Tom must be feeling, when suddenly, RIIIIIING! You nearly jump out of your skin as your phone rings to life. Holy ghost! Spirits, and boggarts, and witches, oh my! When John Delaney put this spooky tale down on paper, he wasn’t messing around!

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Staff Stories: Librarian’s Holiday

While on vacation recently, I forgot my resolve to separate work and play and found myself back in libraryland. I went on a library hunt. This started as I waited on the cruise ship dock in Juneau, Alaska. While waiting for the group to gather for a whale watching trip, I wandered around the area. I noticed a door in the nearby parking garage labeled Juneau Public Library. The library is located on the top floor of the garage! 9.5.10 Juneau Public library.2

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