GLBTRT Program Planning Committee (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table) Committee

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The Program Planning Committee has been busy getting another great set of programs together for this year’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

We have 2 programs submitted to ALA and are awaiting approval of our time slots.

The first program is on outreach to homeless LGBT youth. The committee has been working with Julie Ann Winkelstein, who has done a lot of work on this topic in her Doctoral studies, to put together a compelling program. The committee has also managed to confirm speakers from the True Colors Fund and are working with them to secure some additional speakers.

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Discussion Program Planning Committee Report 2014 Midwinter

by Shawn Vaillancourt on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

The Program Planning Committee has been working on our 2 programs for 2014 in Vegas!

 

The Program Planning Committee has been working on our 2 programs for 2014 in Vegas!

 

  1. Rainbow Project program: This is a joint effort between Rainbow and Bloomers. Much of the booking and such is being taken care of by FTF so we don’t have to do much for it except promote it with our other program.
  2. Safe Spaces: After getting feedback from a member of diversity council who was hoping we’d have more regular safe spaces training, as well as another speaker different from those we’d had in the past, we aimed to set up a program that would help people make libraries safe spaces for everyone, with an emphasis on LGBT populations. So we’re very excited to have Jenny Betz from GLSEN joining us, as well as Susan Harmon from the National Safe Place program.

 

 

For 2015 in SF the preliminary roster of programs so far looks like:

  1. A program on Mike McConnell’s story of being refused hiring based on applying for a marriage license in 1971 and getting Merit fund support.
  2. A trans 101 @ your library program with one speaker suggested as Alex Capitan who has done a program like this for UU welcoming congregations.

The board has also approved the planning of a pre-conference on GLBT Teens or Families for Annual in SF, but this will be planned/run by a separate ad-hoc group due to the amount of work required for the single event. Recruitment is currently underway.

 

Other possible ideas have been suggested but not yet scheduled

  1. A panel of LGBT poets.
  2. A panel of authors of children’s books that are used in bullying prevention education (Jenny Betz has been working with this group)
  3. LGBT graphic novel revival

 

I will be rolling off as chair of the PPC this annual and Chet Mulawka will be stepping up as the new chair.

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Discussion Program Planning Committee Report 2013 Annual

by Shawn Vaillancourt on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 01:53 pm

After a bit of a redirection from original planning, the PPC managed to arrange our 2 programs for Annual and we’re expecting they should be great!

Safe in the Stacks: Community Spaces for Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth

After a bit of a redirection from original planning, the PPC managed to arrange our 2 programs for Annual and we’re expecting they should be great!

Safe in the Stacks: Community Spaces for Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Panelists will provide insight in how to serve and welcome homeless LGBTQ youth in our community and in our libraries. What are the needs and issues we can address and become advocates for? A question and answer period to follow. Dr. Winkelstein, whose dissertation research focused on this population, and our wonderful panel of speakers and experts are here to share their insights on this pressing issue!
Moderator and Speaker:

  • Dr. Julie Winkelstein, Librarian, Writer, Advocate.

Speaker Panel:

  • Jama Shelton, Director, Forty to None Project, True Colors Fund, New York City.
  • Bonnie Wade, Director, TransLife Program at Chicago House
  • ZiZi Phillips, YEPP Ensemble Member, LGBTQ Host Home Volunteer
  • Nate Metrick, Director, Night Ministry, Chicago
  • La'shawn Woods, Youth Client from the Night Ministry, Chicago

Saturday, June 29, 10:30- Noon
Room: McCormick Place, Room s106b

Access denied! Filtering: Trouble, Tyranny, and Triumph

Internet filtering is a touchy issue that libraries have had to deal with as major sources of internet access for many of our users. How often are our patrons being denied access to legitimate sources they need? Join us to explore the legal climate of filters, how they work and other implications of their use. As well, we’ll explore the “Don’t Filter Me” program of the ACLU.

Speakers

  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office of Intellectual Freedom
  • Tony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU of Eastern Missouri
  • Jenny Betz, Education Manager, GLSEN

Sunday, June 30th, from 1-2:30 pm
Room:  Hilton Chicago - Williford A.

We’re also already looking ahead to the future! 2014 in Vegas. This will see the committee transitioning to a new structure with an incoming chair, chair and past chair for the committee. I’m pleased to announce that Chet Mulawka has stepped forward to become the new chair of the PPC starting in 2014 and will begin his term as incoming chair this summer after Chicago.
We are gathering ideas for next set of programs with the challenge of a tighter programming setup for ALA, which means less flexibility in planning and limitations in how much any group can offer. So far it looks like our offerings will be, tentatively, the following:

  • A Rainbow Book List program
  • Safe spaces training
  • And a possible preconference on 21st Century LGBT youth needs

 

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Discussion Program Planning Committee Report 2013 Midwinter

by Shawn Vaillancourt on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 06:14 pm

The Program Planning Committee has been busy getting another great set of programs together for this year’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

We have 2 programs submitted to ALA and are awaiting approval of our time slots.

The first program is on outreach to homeless LGBT youth. The committee has been working with Julie Ann Winkelstein, who has done a lot of work on this topic in her Doctoral studies, to put together a compelling program. The committee has also managed to confirm speakers from the True Colors Fund and are working with them to secure some additional speakers.

The Program Planning Committee has been busy getting another great set of programs together for this year’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

We have 2 programs submitted to ALA and are awaiting approval of our time slots.

The first program is on outreach to homeless LGBT youth. The committee has been working with Julie Ann Winkelstein, who has done a lot of work on this topic in her Doctoral studies, to put together a compelling program. The committee has also managed to confirm speakers from the True Colors Fund and are working with them to secure some additional speakers.

Our second program is on workplace discrimination for GLBT library employees. We’ve reached out to Out and Equal and Lambda Legal for possible speakers and hope to have our lineup settled soon.

We’ve also been in touch with Paolo Gujilde about their program “Pushing the Boundaries: Presentation and Representation of LGBTQ Members of/by Asian/Pacific American Writers, Authors, and Scholars”  They have settled the final details of the program and so all we’ve got to do now is help them promote it as co sponsors of the program.

Possibilities for 2014 include:

  • Handling book challenges - based on the issues that have come up and the upcoming discussion at Midwinter surrounding this issue, a full program would likely be of wide interest
  • Equipping libraries to deal with transphobia
  • LGBTQ Graphic Novels

Of course, these are tenative ideas and we're always open to other ideas and suggestions so do feel free to share!

Shawn Vaillancourt
Program Planning Committee Chair

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Online Doc Program Planning Committee Report 2012 Annual

by Shawn Vaillancourt on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 02:55 pm

The Program Planning Committee is proud to present 2 exciting programs for Anaheim 2012!

Fabulous Havens: Libraries as Safe Spaces for the Needs of LGBT Youth

Saturday, June 23 OR Sunday, June 24

Both: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Program Planning Committee is proud to present 2 exciting programs for Anaheim 2012!

Fabulous Havens: Libraries as Safe Spaces for the Needs of LGBT Youth

Saturday, June 23 OR Sunday, June 24

Both: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This interactive workshop, presented by GLSEN, will focus on the ways that libraries can create safe, respectful and healthful environments for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Librarians will explore relevant school climate data, assess their own knowledge of LGBT history and themes, discuss ways to increase resource diversity and learn about research-based solutions to increasing academic performance and psychological well-being for LGBT students.

Led by Jenny Betz, Education Manager, GLSEN

Coming Out in Print: The LGBT Literary Landscape Today

Monday June 25

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us for a lively discussion about the LGBT literary scene, the notable books in our community, and the institutions that help LGBT writers, readers, publishers and librarians.  Panel participants include Tony Valenzuela (Executive Director of LLF), Monica Carter (Program Coordinator, LGBT Writers in Schools Program, LLF), Wayne Hoffman (author of Sweet Like Sugar), Jane Cothron & Christie Gibrich (GLBTRT Rainbow Book List), and Martin Garnar (Over the Rainbow Book List).

We are very excited for both!

As for 2013, there have been some updates since Midwinter.

We are still looking at doing a program with Out and Equal on work place equality for librarians.

We are now looking at developing a 2nd program on outreach to LGBT homeless youth, drawing on support services in the area. We’ve got a great contact who is researching in this field which should make for an excellent program.

And of course, it's always great to have a bank of ideas, so suggestions for contacts and future program ideas are always welcome!

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Online Doc Program Planning Committee Report 2012 Midwinter

by Shawn Vaillancourt on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 09:55 am

Details are being worked out for the 2012 programs for Anaheim. Our Programs include:

 

  1. Safe Space Training from GLSEN. There will likely be numerous sessions of this training running so as to make session sizes more managable for the trainers from GLSEN
  2. LGBTQ publishing with Lamda Literary Foundation. (Including participation and highlights from OTR and RP).

 

 

We also have a couple of preliminary ideas for the 2013 Annual in Chicago, including:

 

Details are being worked out for the 2012 programs for Anaheim. Our Programs include:

 

  1. Safe Space Training from GLSEN. There will likely be numerous sessions of this training running so as to make session sizes more managable for the trainers from GLSEN
  2. LGBTQ publishing with Lamda Literary Foundation. (Including participation and highlights from OTR and RP).

 

 

We also have a couple of preliminary ideas for the 2013 Annual in Chicago, including:

 

  1. Workplace equality with Out and Equal Workplace Advocates. They have indicated willingness to speak on topics of workplace equality with librarians at a conference.
  2. LGBTQ Graphic Novels – based on the popularity of our last program on this topic as well as inquiries since then, revisiting this topic seems like a good idea for the other coast if we can gather speakers

 

 

Of course, the committee is very open to alternative suggestions as well, so please feel free to share!

 

 

Shawn Vaillancourt

Program Planning Committee Chair

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