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Pre Midwinter 2014 Rainbow Project Report

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Philadelphia, PA- January 2014
The goal of The Rainbow List Project is to further the mission of the GLBTRT and SRRT by promoting quality GLBTQ literature for youth ages birth through teens through creating an annual recommended  bibliography.  We provide readers with guidance in selecting realistic and recommended books that reflect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning experience and communities, which is becoming ever so important in today’s world.  In creating our annual bibliography we also provide a tool in which librarians and libraries can locate and retain materials within their collections.

Since the Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the Rainbow Project has been actively reading, nominating and reviewing titles for the Rainbow List.  Over 50 titles were nominated for the 2014 List, which will be created in open discussions during the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. Committee Members include: Christie Gibrich, chair; Christine Jenkins; Victor Schill; Anna White; Ingrid Abrams; Naomi Gonzales (chair-elect 2013-2014); Erin Iannacchione; Melanie Koss, and Jesse Nachem.

We held monthly meetings through ALA Connect to discuss business and titles, as well as familiarize members with the procedures of voting and discussion of Annual. In addition, we decided to co-host a young adult author panel with the Amelia Bloomer Project at the Annual Convention in June 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We plan to invite two authors from the finalized 2014 Rainbow List to join two authors from the finalized 2014 Amelia Bloomer List and host a discussion about writing in YA, publication, and other topics. If well attended, we feel that by splitting the work of finding the authors we could have the author panel as a yearly program instead of alternating years, furthering the committee and GLBT-RT and SRRT goals of providing information and supporting advocacy.

We have selected Naomi Gonzales for chair-elect for the 2013-2014 term, and she will become chair after Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia. With the GLBT-RT chair and SRRT liaison approval, Ingrid Abrams has been nominated for chair-elect for the 2014-2015 term, and will become chair following Midwinter 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Starting with Naomi’s term, we should be following the schedule set forth in our bylaws, and have a chair and chair-elect installed for every year hereafter.

Chair Christie Gibrich and Peter Coyl, 2014 chair of the Stonewall Awards, will be presenting at the Texas Library Association in April 2014 with David Levithan, highlighting books that are on both the finalized 2014 Rainbow List and those selected by the Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award.

Chair Christie Gibrich will become Past Chair after Midwinter 2014, and committee members Victor Schill, Christine Jenkins, and Anna White will step down as it is the end of their terms.

Jane Cothron, who has been serving admirably as the committee’s administrative assistant, will also be stepping down after Midwinter 2014.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Gibrich