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Selection or censorship? School librarians and LGBTQ resources

All students, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), benefit from quality library books that reflect their experiences. This mixed-method research project examines whether public high school library professionals self-censor their library collections when it comes to materials with LGBTQ themes. Quantitative data were collected from 120 Ohio public high school libraries and 12 school librarians were interviewed.

Homonormativity in children’s literature: An intersectional analysis of queer-themed picture books

Effective social justice movements, including those at the level of children's literature, address the ways different forms of oppression intersect and affect the experiences of diverse queer identities. Children's literature can help combat heteronormative discourse by instilling at a young age the inherent value of all people. Inclusive children's literature can help combat socialized aspects of heteronormativity and other forms of oppression.

Creating Safe and Inclusive Spacing for LGBT2Q+ Youth in Public and School Libraries

While the initiative to create programming oriented toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, and queer or questioning youth (LGBT2Q+) is forward-thinking and a much-needed development for schools and public libraries to undertake, there is still a lot of foundational work that needs to take place first that examines and fosters LGBT2Q + friendly spaces, collections, information access, and community partnerships.


Advice For LibrariesThe example commitments have been written to work across the children's book industry. Below are some suggestions for how you could apply them within the library sector.

Creating the Trans Inclusive Library

This guide creates activities that librarians and their parent institutions can complete in order to create a more inclusive environment for trans students, employees, and patrons

Defining Social Inclusion for Children with Disabilities: A Critical Literature Review

Social inclusion is a complex and often misunderstood concept. For children with disabilities, research has documented the degree of loneliness, bullying and exclusion they often experience in their social lives. This paper presents the findings of a critical literature review on the social inclusion of children with disabilities. Study methods comprised rigorous criteria for study selection followed by established protocols for evaluating studies. Reputable rating scales were used to examine peer-reviewed research published within the last 10 years.

The Inclusive Library: An investigation into provision for students with dyslexia within a sample group of academic libraries in England and Wales

The aim of this research was to investigate how the term inclusion can be applied to the support of dyslexic students within higher education in England and Wales. It explored the additional support services offered to dyslexic students by academic libraries and whether they are moving towards a more ‘dyslexic friendly’ environment. The research investigated the following issues: 1. Whether the additional support services provided by academic libraries meet the needs of dyslexic students 2. How inclusive is dyslexia provision within academic libraries?

E-services for the Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities: A Literature Review

It is assumed that e-services support persons with disabilities in their everyday life by improving communication and interaction with healthcare organizations and whilst facilitating their social inclusion. AIM: The aim of this study is to examine the contribution of e-services in terms of how they diminish barriers and constraints on social inclusion. METHOD: A literature review was performed, covering the period between 2010 and 2016 (6 years). Only studies that discussed the social inclusion of people with disabilities or presented prototype solutions to this problem were included.

Providing Access to Students with Print Disabilities: The Case of the North-West University in South Africa

Academic libraries should be accessible to all students and relevant stakeholders. Students with print disabilities are found in many universities worldwide. This article examines the services and tools that are available at the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa. Literature was used to identify how services, signage, and tools that should be included in an academic library to ensure access for all. The study found that the NWU had limitations in terms of material and assistive technologies. A legislative framework promoting information access for the disabled people was explored.

A Special Needs Approach A Study of How Libraries Can Start Programs for Children with Disabilities

The Census Bureau reports that 5.2 percent of school-age children (2.8 million) were reported to have a disability. The American Community Survey defines a person with a disability as a person having a “vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, or independent living difficulty.” Per the American Community Survey, the most common type of disability diagnosed in school-age children is cognitive disability, which they define as “serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.”



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