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Over the Rainbow (OTR) 2014 ALA Midwinter Committee Report

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