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Tuesday, June 4 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
T9: Creating Safe and Inclusive LGBTQ+ Spaces in the Public and School Libraries

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Based upon research conducted as part of his MLIS degree at Western University, Chris Knapp will focus on how school and public libraries can better serve LGBTQ+ youth by making innovative changes in their physical spacing and composure during reference interviews which can help foster a stronger sense of community and inclusion for youth who often feel excluded. This involves establishing extensive and representative LGBTQ+ collections, providing more thoughtful LGBTQ+ services & programming, and creating safer & more inclusive spacing within the library. The conference session will highlight how spacing, collection development, language (body & verbal), and community partnerships can help expand the knowledge & service capabilities of library staff.

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Christopher Knapp

Teen Librarian, Prince George Public Library
Christopher Knapp, a recent graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Western University in London, Ontario, has been conducting research on the topic of providing access to information for LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families via collection development... Read More →

Tuesday June 4, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm AKDT