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Rainbow Project Committee Report
Seattle, Washington – January 2013

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Executive Board Meeting  – Seattle, Washington – January 2013

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Online Doc Rainbow Project 2014 Post Committee Report

by Christie Gibrich on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 05:22 pm

Rainbow Project Committee Post Meeting Report
Philadelphia, PA- February 2014

Rainbow Project Committee Post Meeting Report
Philadelphia, PA- February 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.

During the Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the Committee created the 2014 Rainbow List, which included 30 books from over 25 publishers, including juvenile fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction, memoirs and graphic novels. All titles were annotated, and the Top Ten were selected, and placed on the blog before the completion of the Midwinter Meeting. The introduction to the list was completed and posted on the blog as of February 4.

Committee Members included: Christie Gibrich, chair; Christine Jenkins; Victor Schill; Anna White; Ingrid Abrams; Naomi Gonzales (incoming chair, 2015); Erin Iannacchione; Melanie Koss, and Jesse Nachem.

During the business portion of the meetings, members discussed authors to invite to participate at the author panel at the ALA Annual Convention in Las Vegas that will be held jointly with the Amelia Bloomer Project (SRRT). Four were selected, and will be contacted as soon as possible so that details can be finalized. The GLBT-RT Programming Committee will be contacted so that we can learn details of the program date and location for the author’s publishers & representatives for hotel bookings and coordination.

Members also discussed the language recommendation that came from the GLBT-RT board changing the term “nomination” in the bylaws to another word as it seems to be confusing some people. Since the term “submission” is already used for “field submissions” (books suggested by those not on the committee), terms such as recommended or selected were given to Ingrid Abrams to pass on to the board. Additionally, the committee also discussed the fact that due to the GLBT-RT wanting to make all committees more in line with ALA procedures, there would not be a past chair position nor a chair-elect position as there had been in previous years; however, the committee strongly recommends that, like YALSA and ALSC bibliography committees have, the Rainbow Project keep the project assistant to further aid the chair in communication duties.

Additionally, the committee expressed their concerns to the present-elect of GLBT-RT that the wording in the Rainbow Project bylaws, or in the information and requirements given to those accepting the nomination to the Rainbow Project, emphasize that committee members give the Rainbow Project top priority and decline appointment to any other book/bibliography committee while serving. This has caused issue during the 2014 Midwinter Meeting, as well as the 2013 Midwinter Meeting, and needs to be addressed somehow.

Finally, the committee would like GLBT-RT and SRRT to investigate whether a virtual option would be available to those on the committee who have participated fully during the year, but were unable to due unexpected emergency (family health, ice storms, weather, etc.) to attend the Midwinter Meeting. It has happened at more than one Midwinter where a committee member has nominated and read all the books, and has been stranded in airports due to inclement weather, and would have been able to participate virtually due to the improvements in technology, yet there is not a provision in the bylaws making this possible.

Members Christine Jenkins, Victor Schill, Anna White, Chair Christie Gibrich, and Project Assistant Jane Cothron stepped down after Midwinter 2014, with Naomi Gonzales stepping up to the Chair position. The other vacant jury spots will be appointed by the GLBT-RT and SRRT committees. 

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Gibrich

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Online Doc Pre Midwinter 2014 Rainbow Project Report

by Christie Gibrich on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 05:05 pm

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Philadelphia, PA- January 2014

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

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Event Rainbow Project Committee Meeting I (GLBTRT, SRRT)

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

Every year the Rainbow Project Committee creates a recommended bibliography for the public and professionals of newly published titles with significant GLBTQ content aimed at youth ages birth through 18, with some adult crossover. The group is a joint committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

Every year the Rainbow Project Committee creates a recommended bibliography for the public and professionals of newly published titles with significant GLBTQ content aimed at youth ages birth through 18, with some adult crossover. The group is a joint committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

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Event Rainbow Project Committee Meeting II (GLBTRT, SRRT)

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

Every year the Rainbow Project Committee creates a recommended bibliography for the public and professionals of newly published titles with significant GLBTQ content aimed at youth ages birth through 18, with some adult crossover. The group is a joint committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

Every year the Rainbow Project Committee creates a recommended bibliography for the public and professionals of newly published titles with significant GLBTQ content aimed at youth ages birth through 18, with some adult crossover. The group is a joint committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table. http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

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Chat August 2013 Chat

by Christie Gibrich on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 07:57 pm

Online Doc 2013 Annual Committee Report- Rainbow Project

by Christie Gibrich on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Chicago, Illinois-June 2013

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Chicago, Illinois-June 2013
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 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, the Rainbow Project has been extremely busy. We have kept four members from the previous year: Christie Gibrich, (2014 Chair), Grand Prairie, Texas; Christine Jenkins, Champaign, IL; Victor Schill, Houston, TX; and Anna White, Baltimore, MD. We added 5 new members: Ingrid Abrams, Astoria, NY; Naomi Gonzales, Houston, TX; Erin Iannacchione, Raleigh, NC; Melanie Koss, Chicago, Illinois; and Jesse Nachem, Oakland, CA.

 

The Rainbow Project Top Ten was published in the paper copy of Booklist, and the full list isavailable online. Response has been extremely positive, and a lot has been said on the blogsphere in the teen readership area.

 

Committee member Anna White is maintaining the Rainbow Project Blog. We switched the format of blog postings this year so that it was more in-line with what Over the Rainbow was doing, and could better be accommodated in the GLBT-RT news feed. We have engaged former committee member Jane Cothron as our administrative assistant to help in contacting the publishers and to maintain one constant contact throughout the committee year.

 

We have been having monthly online meetings through ALA Connect to discuss books read and nominated, as well as having discussions about procedures and brainstorming ideas for the 2014 Rainbow Project Program to be held at the Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Chair Christie Gibrich presented at the Texas State Library Association Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, with incoming Stonewall Chair Peter Coyl and author Tim Federle discussing books both on the Rainbow Project Top 10 List and the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award winner and honor books, as well hearing about Federle’s experiences and the author reading passages from his new book, Better Nate Than Never. One audience member tweeted that it was the best session they attended during the conference, and the room was almost completely full despite being scheduled against Lois Lowry presenting. Christie Gibrich and Peter Coyl have put in a bid for presenting a similar presentation at the Texas Library Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio next year.

 

We have currently 14 posted nominations on the blog, with more on the way for July’s post.

 

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 will be attending ALA Annual in Chicago, and will be attending the SRRT All Committee Meeting to represent the Rainbow Project. Because this meeting occurs at every ALA Annual Convention and Midwinter Meeting, in following years this is a duty that needs to be addressed by either the SRRT representative from GLBT-RT or by a designated member of the Rainbow Project committee (not necessarily the chair). Additionally either the SRRT Representative from GLBT-RT or a designated member of the Rainbow Project committee (not necessarily the chair) attend a SRRT steering committee during Midwinter to give a verbal update as well.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Gibrich

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Online Doc Rainbow Project Post 2013 Midwdinter Meeting Update

by Christie Gibrich on Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Seattle, Washington – January 2013

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Seattle, Washington – January 2013
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.

During the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, the committee met Saturday, January 26 from 2-5 and Sunday, January 27 from 9-5, and discussed 63 titles. Of those 63 titles, 49 made the finished list, from over 30 different imprints. The list was released on the blog at 1 a.m. Seattle time on Monday, January 28, and authors were contacted via Twitter that morning.  Publishers who were at the ALA Midwinter Meeting were notified during the Monday exhibits hours.  The posting was picked up on Google reader, Twitter feeds, and a variety of RSS feeds as well. The meetings consisted of 7 members: Christie Gibrich, (incoming 2014 Chair), Grand Prairie, Texas; Francesca Burgress, Brooklyn, NY; Jane Cothron, Newport, OR; Christine Jenkins, Champaign, IL; Adela Peskorz, St. Paul, MN; Victor Schill, Houston, TX; and Anna White, Baltimore, MD.

The Top Ten will be in the March edition of Booklist.  All of the youth Stonewall Books were on the Rainbow Project List, and a few of the literature and non-fiction awards were, as well.

Following completion of the list, annotations were assigned and completed, and an introduction and press release were created.
During the meeting time on Sunday, January 27, a business meeting was held to discuss various topic of interest to the committee, and hopefully have a smoother running during the 2013-2014 year.  Notes from that discussion are below:

Letters of Appreciation
Those who wanted letters of appreciation for their service on the committee are to give their contact information to Christie, and she will mail out letters to supervisors the week of February 10.
Addresses and contact information
Once the committee for the 2013-2014 year is set, we will need to gather new contact information. ALA Connect and the ALA listserv that David is putting together for us will use the email that is used for your ALA registration, so if that is NOT the email you prefer for discussions, please go in and change that.

Adding additional book formats to rainbow project
The committee feels that if a library cannot purchase a book to add to their collection then we should not consider it, and that opening the door to publish-on-demand could possibly open the door to web-only published/websites, and other media that is outside the workflow of the committee.  Edocuments such as egalleys and pdfs for consideration (such as review copies) are acceptable, but published/completed works still need to be in the hands of the committee in order to give final consideration for the Midwinter Meeting discussions.  The committee will continue to discuss the question of additional book formats as new formats develop in the future.

Committee Workflow
Committee members felt that having a monthly chat/discussion on ALA Connect would be worthwhile to try, keeping discussion and the flow of the committee more open.  Keeping the request/nominations on Google docs also makes sense as it’s something that can be changed by all committee members, and will be made accessible to all committee members (which was not the case last year).  Committee members will check off titles that they have received when they get them to better track communications with the publishers, and we will devise a color coding/marking system for separating out request to view titles from actual nominations.

Another important point brought up was to keep communication open, talk and discuss more on email, ALA Connect, and that those that are at Annual meet up using the SRRT All Committee time, or another agreeable offsite time that can be arranged closer to date.  Also, post in Google docs and possibly the ALA Connect site a timeline of what committee members should be doing when, and have a *lot* more communication from the chair/chair elect about what should be going on, what committee members should be doing.  Finally, mark all emails from rainbow committee members with RAINBOW PROJECT in the subject (hopefully, this will be made a bit better with the new listserv).

All nominations must include the proper format and a one to two sentence annotation to make things easier during midwinter, no reason to have to be re-writing everything during conference.  Also, have a midpoint straw poll for nominated titles after Annual, with the option to resurrect titles during the December straw poll if someone feels strongly that it needs to be discussed.

Nominations/Publishers
Committee members decided to keep one person as contact for publishers in order to streamline the process and lighten the load for publishers and for committee members.  Jane Cothron, who is stepping down from the committee, volunteered to be the publisher contact so that no sitting committee member would have to do that job, and the committee accepted.

Online presence
Christie Gibrich has been the online presence of the Rainbow Project since it started, and as Chair it might be too much to do all at once.  Anna White volunteered to take over the blog and other social media aspects of the Project, and they will work together to get everything transferred.

Thoughts for Annual Program in 2014

  • GLBTQ Jeopardy- teens in the area and other librarians against committee/roundtable members using book covers and authors
    Pairing with YALSA and the Popular Paperback committee since one of their highlights in 2014 will be GLBTQ books
  • Contacting local libraries in Vegas and bringing together a GLBTQ teen panel to talk about GLBTQ teen books and what they like/don’t like
  • Author panels with previous winners in the area.


After the 2013 Midwinter Meetings, we have 5 openings as Jane Cothron, Francesca Burgress, and Adela Peskorz are stepping down.  Christie Gibrich (incoming chair), Christine Jenkins, Victor Schill, and Anna White will return for the 2013 committee. David Vess, GLBT-RT chair, and Laura Koltutsky, SRRT Coordinator, are filling positions, and we hope to be up to full speed by mid- to late-February.

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Gibrich

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Online Doc 2013 Midwinter Meeting Rainbow Project Report

by John Amundsen (staff) on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 01:12 pm

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Executive Board Meeting  – Seattle, Washington – January 2013

Rainbow Project Committee Report
Executive Board Meeting  – Seattle, Washington – January 2013
The goal of The Rainbow List Project is to further the mission of the GLBTRT 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.
 
During the Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, committee member Jane Cothron presented along with members of Lambda Literary Foundation on Monday, June 25. She discussed the history of GLBTQ fiction, and tied it very nicely into the birth of GLBTQ youth and YA publishing, and the history of the Rainbow Project.
 
Our projects since the Annual Conference in Anaheim, California were as follows-

  • As a committee, we identified approximately 150 titles for consideration for the 2013 Rainbow List.  While we have continued to build upon the successes of our first few years, a lot of publishers are moving to e-galleys and e-ARCS for submissions, which can make things tricky for members who do not have the proper technology.
  • Committee member Jaime Naidoo resigned privately to Michael at some point during the spring/summer, and was replaced by Victor Shill, a former Rainbow Project committee member.
  • Chair Michael Cart and Past Chair Lynn Evarts resigned both their positions and committee positions to the committee via email at the end of July.
  • GLBTRT Chair David Vess, with the assistance of committee member Jane Cothron, oversaw contacting publishers and collecting nominations from the committee in the absence of a chair and past chair.
  • At the conclusion of our nomination deadline (October 31, 2012), the Rainbow Project had 65 books nominated.  After the straw poll in December, we were able to drop two titles that had no yes votes, making the number of titles to discuss at the 2013 Midwinter Meetings 63.
  • Chair Elect Christine Jenkins stepped down as chair-elect in November, but remains on the committee for the 2013 and 2014 terms.
  • Committee Member Christie Gibrich volunteered to run the straw poll and 2013 Midwinter Meetings in lieu of a chair and chair-elect, and was then elected by the committee as chair for the 2014 list.
  • As it stands for the 2013 Seattle Midwinter Meetings, the Rainbow Project consists of 7 members:  Christie Gibrich, (incoming 2014 Chair), Grand Prairie, Texas; Francesca Burgress, Brooklyn, NY; Jane Cothron, Newport, OR; Christine Jenkins, Champaign, IL; Adela Peskorz, St. Paul, MN; Victor Schill, Houston, TX; and Anna White, Baltimore, MD

 
 
During the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington our activities will be as follows-
 

  • Meet, discuss and vote on the 63 books that have been nominated for the 2013 Rainbow Project
  • Create annotations for books that make the final 2013 Rainbow Project List
  • Create a Top 10 book list for dissemination to media outlets
  • Update the blog as internet connectivity allows
  • Prepare a press release for John Amundsen to distribute to various outlets
  • Conduct the business portion of the committee, which will include discussing adjustments to committee requirements regarding inclusion of ebook-only publications, how to improve the process of requesting materials from publishers, and increasing communication between committee members


Following the 2013 Midwinter Meetings in Seattle-
·         David Vess, the GLBTRT Chair and Laura Koltutsky, SRRT Coordinator, have been reviewing the language and bylaws of the committee to make sure that they meet the requirements of both round tables.

·         David Vess, GLBTRT Chair and Laura Koltutsky, SRRT Coordinator, will be looking over volunteer applications for the next cycle of Rainbows (starting February 1, 2013) to replace the four committee spots that will be empty at the start of the 2013-2014 cycle.  A chair-elect for 2013-2014 will be named sometime around Annual 2013.  Once the 2014 cycle is complete, the 2014-2015 committee should have 10 members: a past-chair (Christie Gibrich), a chair, a chair-elect, and 7 committee members.
 
There are no current plans to present a program at ALA Annual in Chicago; however, the Rainbow Project is on schedule (every other year rotation according to bylaws) to present an author program/breakfast at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco.  Previous programs were this past year at ALA Annual 2013 Anaheim in conjunction with Lambda Literary Group, and a breakfast author presentation at ALA Annual 2011 in New Orleans featuring Lea Newman, Marcus Ewert, and Ellen Hopkins.

Respectfully submitted,
Christie Gibrich

 

 

 

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Event Rainbow Book List Committee II Meeting (GLBTRT, SRRT)

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

The committee creates an annual bibliography of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. This is a committee business meeting but it is open to observers.http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

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Event Rainbow Book List Committee I Meeting (GLBTRT, SRRT)

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

The committee creates an annual bibliography of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. This is a committee business meeting but it is open to observers.http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/about/committees/jnt-rainbowprj

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To select from the year’s publications, books that reflect gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans-gender/queer-questioning (glbtq) experience for young people from birth to age 18 and to annotate selected titles.

 

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