It’s 2014 friends. It’s time to bring your libraries up to code. Time to start actively welcoming your LGBT patrons. We’ve young adults from the Stonewall Center in Amherst, MA to come and tell you what they’d like from their local libraries and towns. From their mouths to your ears! Learn how you can make your spaces inclusive, make the money you’re spending on your LGBT patrons really count, and learn what kinds of programs will actually reach out, bring LGBT patrons in, and make some real connections to an underserved population.
Ever wish you could tell a better story? Join the Pride Alliance section for an informative workshop on the art of storytelling presented by Norah Dooley of massmouth, inc. Storytelling requires skill and preparation, just like hitting the right notes in a compelling presentation. And, as a bonus, we’re archiving personal stories related to the queer experience in libraries.
We are delighted to announce that the new bylaws for the section formerly known as HQ 76.3 have passed. This new charter gives us a more open and recognizable name – NELA Pride Alliance – and sets up a more flexible organization to help us to build value for our members.
Lydia Willoughby was elected to be the new Chair/Board Liaison of the section. She formally begins her role following the annual conference this year. Be sure to drop by conference and say hello!
Lydia is a reference librarian at Hartness Library, serving Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont. In her free time, she organizes LGBTQ community fundraising events for her local gay community center, as well as Que(e)ry Party, a dance party for queer librarians and those who love them.
A Note from Lydia
I am very pleased to serve as the New England Library Association Pride Alliance section president. With the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, immigration citizenship now available to same sex married couples, and the demise of Proposition 8 in California, now more than ever our libraries are becoming hubs of information for LGBTQ patrons. Even as many barriers still remain, libraries and librarians are poised to facilitate a unique role in solidifying this ever-changing community. In the next year, I aim to revamp the Pride Alliance by organizing informal professional development opportunities for networking, advocacy, and field trips. Based in Vermont, I am especially interested in events occurring outside of our most densely populated urban areas. Please feel free to contact me with any interest you may have in volunteering for the NELA Pride Alliance. I welcome your feedback! Let’s make it happen!