GLBTRT Over the Rainbow Committee (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table) Committee

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Online Doc Over the Rainbow (OTR) 2014 ALA Annual Committee Report

by Kelly McElroy on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 04:58 pm

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books. 

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, the 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 71 titles published between July 2012 and December 2013. 

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books. 

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, the 2014 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 71 titles published between July 2012 and December 2013. 

The committee membership was confirmed in February, although we lost one member in April. Our current roster of jurors includes: Kelly McElroy (chair), Iowa City, IA; Robert Graziano (Immediate Past-Chair), Chicago, IL; Rebecca Butler, Valparaiso, IN; Dave Combe, Ventura, CA; Annaliese Fidgeon, Northridge, CA; Jessica Jones, Santa Fe, NM; Rosalinda Hernandez Linares, Louisville, KY; Derek Marshall, West Point, MS; and Matthew Windsor, Conway, AR. 

The committee members continue to locate, read, discuss, and recommend titles. We continue to receive positive responses from publishers and authors, and we thank them for their support. 

On recommendation from the GLBTRT Board, we have removed the word "nominated" and its variations from our website, replaced with "recommended for consideration." We are working to update the OTR Procedures to post to the committee page. 

As of May, members of the committee have recommended 62 books for consideration for the final list.

Respectfully -- though tardily -- submitted,

Kelly McElroy

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Online Doc Over the Rainbow (OTR) 2014 ALA Midwinter Committee Report

by Robert Graziano on Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 84 titles published between July, 2012 and December, 2013.

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 84 titles published between July, 2012 and December, 2013.

In our fourth year, we continue to provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

During February, 2013, our roster of jurors was finalized. We are proud of the diversity and dedication of our jurors. The current committee members are: Robert Graziano (Chair), Chicago, IL; Kelly McElroy (Chair- Elect), Iowa City, IA; Danielle Pollock (Immediate Past Chair, non-voting member), Albuquerque, NM; David Combe, Ventura, CA; Annaliese Fidgeon, Northridge, CA; Jessica Jones, Santa Fe, NM; Louis Munoz, Jr., Brooklyn, NY; Caroline Nappo, Champaign, IL; Robert Ridinger, De Kalb, IL; and Nel Ward, Newport, OR.

At Midwinter, the committee hopes to appoint 3 or 4 new members.

The jurors continue to identify, acquire, read, and evaluate potential works for the Over the Rainbow list. We’ve seen a very positive response from publishers and authors, many of whom are now familiar with our list from previous years, and we wish to thank them for their support.

This year the committee considered 364 titles, of which 175 have been nominated by at least one member of the committee for consideration for this year’s annual Over the Rainbow list to be published during ALA 2014 Midwinter.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Graziano

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Event Over the Rainbow Book List Committee Meeting I (GLBTRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This committee creates the Over the Rainbow Book List, an annual bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic LGBT content for general adult readers over age 18. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/glb-otr

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Event Over the Rainbow Book List Committee Meeting II (GLBTRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This committee creates the Over the Rainbow Book List, an annual bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic LGBT content for general adult readers over age 18. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/glb-otr

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Online Doc Over the Rainbow (OTR) 2013 ALA Annual Committee Report

by Robert Graziano on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 05:00 pm

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 84 titles published between July, 2012 and December, 2013.

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

During ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list featured 84 titles published between July, 2012 and December, 2013.

In our fourth year, we continue to provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

During February of this year, our roster of jurors was finalized.  We are proud of the diversity and dedication of our jurors.   The current committee members are: Robert Graziano (Chair), Chicago, IL; Kelly McElroy (Chair-Elect), Iowa City, IA; Danielle Pollock (Immediate Past Chair, non-voting member), Albuquerque, NM; David Combe, Ventura, CA; Annaliese Fidgeon, Northridge, CA; Jessica Jones, Santa Fe, NM; Louis Munoz, Jr., Brooklyn, NY; Caroline Nappo, Champaign, IL; Robert Ridinger, De Kalb, IL; and Nel Ward, Newport, OR.

The committee members continue to identify, acquire, read, and evaluate potential works for the Over the Rainbow list. We’ve seen a very positive response from publishers and authors, many of whom are now familiar with our list from previous years, and we wish to thank them for their support.

As of May, 2013, 93 titles have been nominated by at least one member of the committee for consideration for this year’s list.

Respectively submitted,

Robert Graziano

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Event Over the Rainbow Book List Committee Meeting I (GLBTRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This committee creates an annual bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic LGBT content for general adult readers. This is a committee business meeting but it is open to observers. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/glb-otr

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Event Over the Rainbow Book List Committee Meeting II (GLBTRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This committee creates an annual bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic LGBT content for general adult readers. This is a committee business meeting but it is open to observers. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/glb-otr

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Online Doc Over the Rainbow (OTR) 2012 ALA Annual Committee Report

by Danielle Pollock on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 02:16 pm

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

Now in our third year, we continue to provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books.

Now in our third year, we continue to provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

The early part of 2012 was spent finalizing this year’s roster, and we now have a very strong committee. The current committee members are: Danielle Pollock (Chair), Albuquerque, NM; Robert Graziano (Vice Chair), Chicago, IL; Arla Jones (Immediate Past Chair, non-voting member), Lawrence, KS; Andrew Foskey, Cleveland, TN; Martin Garnar, Denver, CO; Paige Mano, Racine, WI; Kelly McElroy, Iowa City, IA; Caroline Nappo, Champaign, IL; Robert Ridinger, De Kalb, IL; and Nel Ward, Newport, OR.

The committee members have put a lot of work into indentifying, acquiring, reading and evaluating potential candidates for the Over the Rainbow list. Thus far, we’ve overall had a very positive response from publishers and authors, many of whom are now familiar with our list from previous years.

So far, at least 53 titles have been nominated by at least one member of the committee for consideration for this year’s list.

Respectfully submitted,

Danielle Pollock

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Online Doc OTR Committee Report for Mid-Winter Dallas 2012

by Arla Jones on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 09:53 pm

Over the Rainbow (OTR) Committee Report

Steering Committee Meeting 1 – Dallas, Texas – January 2012

 The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books. We provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

Over the Rainbow (OTR) Committee Report

Steering Committee Meeting 1 – Dallas, Texas – January 2012

 The aim of the Over the Rainbow (OTR) Project has been to further the mission of the GLBTRT by promoting the improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature through the provision for adult readers of an annual annotated bibliography of books. We provide GLBTQ readers and the general public with guidance in selecting commendable books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience and communities.

Our projects since the Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA were as follows—

●      We identified 263 titles for consideration on our next list.  We limited our pub dates to titles published between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.  Our success with the first bibliography improved communication with publishers this year.  Many of the smaller presses now see the benefits to sending us previews, and have been very helpful in finding new titles.  The committee has been diligently sharing copies of most titles in an effort not to burden publishers and authors.  Fortunately we had lots of pdf and e-book previews to read this year, which also reduces the burden on publishers.  In the future it would be helpful for committee members to have access to some type of e-reader for all those pdf’s.

●      At the conclusion of our reading deadline, which is always midnight on Halloween, the OTR jurors compiled a list of 140 books with at least one juror nomination.  Of those books, 103  were from small, independent publishers, self-published or from University Presses.  Seven of the titles were published in Canada, and two were British publications.

●      We are still very pleased with the work that David Vess did with our blog.  We have a whopping 82 subscribers!  I know that we get one every so often because I get an email, but I was shocked to see that the total is 82.  Yowza.

●      Thanks to the fine work of David Vess, we have some detailed information about the OTR blog from May to December 19, 2011, such as--

      ○   There were 2,604 visits to our blog:   25% or 668 were original searches;  50% or 1,311 were referrals from other websites; 25% or 625 were direct searches to the blog

      ○   445 referrals were from Facebook, 279 from ala.org, 113 were from Ivan Coyote’s website (thanks again, Ivan!), 26 were from largeheartedboy.com, 23 were from google.com, and 18 were from lesbrary.com

      ○   A majority of the visits were in November, which is when our final list of nominations for the next year were published.  We are averaging 300 hits per month during the eight months of the report.

      ○   Eyeball time on our website  was :           

           ○   A total of 48 hours was spent by by 2,124 visitors with U.S. ip addresses browsing the            OTR blog.  There were 162 Canadians browsing us for a total of  3.5 hours, and there                  were 74 Brits who spent a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes browsing our blog. 
           There were also  11 Swedes who spent 40 minutes on the blog as well—yay Sweden!

○ Keywords that were most commonly used to find us were:  33 searched for gay novels 2011, 60 searched for ALA Over the Rainbow or something like it, and 10 searchers looked up The Fire in the Moonlight:  Stories from Radical Fairies, a new book published this year. 

●      The list of all nominated books is published monthly and is available at http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/

●      The 2012 Over the Rainbow ad hoc committee is comprised of 9 members, Chair and Co-Chair-Elect: Arla Jones (Chair), Lawrence, KS; Danielle Pollock (Co-Chair/Chair-Elect), Albuquerque, NM; Martin Garnar, Denver, CO; Bob Graziano, Chicago, IL; Sarah Kanning, Lawrence, KS; Paige Mano, Racine, WI; Jesse Nachem, Oakland, CA; Larry Romans, Nashville, TN; Michael Santangelo, Brooklyn, NY; Katy Vance, Greensboro, NC; and Nel Ward, Newport, OR.

●      The Over the Rainbow Committee was very pleased to receive its “upgrade” to full committee status at Annual. 

●      We have received GLBTRT seven volunteer applications for the next cycle of OTR and will be reviewing those applications to replace members who are stepping down.

●      I will be stepping down as chair and as a member of OTR at the end of Mid-Winter.  Danielle Pollock will be transitioning from Chair-Elect to Chair.   Several jurors have decided to leave the committee, mostly because the amount of reading is so overwhelming. 

●      In the future, it might be useful to consider increasing the number of jurors on the OTR committee.  Fortunately, there are more and more LGBT titles being published each year. Realistically, it’s quite a daunting task to get enough yes votes to put titles on the list when there are nearly 300 possible titles.  The statistical reality for ten readers should be considered. 

Respectfully submitted,

Arla A. Jones, Chair

 

 

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Event Over the Rainbow Book List Committee Meeting II (GLBT RT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Committee meeting to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic lgbt content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

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The Over the Rainbow Committee creates the Over the Rainbow Book List, an expansion of the highly successful Rainbow Project.  Over the Rainbow Books is a bibliography that reflects the LGBT experience and is meant for general adult readers.  

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