GLBT Programming in the Ocean County Library System: Programming, Partnerships, Promotion and Pitfalls. Pham Condello Karl...
How it all started. <ul><ul><li>1997: Diversity Committee formed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1998: Formal Diversity Plan. ...
Making the case for GLBT programming. &quot;The number of kids who question their sexuality is astonishingly large...some ...
Making the case for GLBT programming. <ul><li>Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are up to four tim...
Making the case for GLBT programming. <ul><li>The library serves the entire community. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
Staff training is the foundation for success. <ul><ul><li>Informs staff of changes and prepares them to meet challenges fr...
Examples of training for staff: <ul><ul><li>2003--Gay Activist Alliance of Morris County panel discussion for staff: </li>...
Examples of training for staff: <ul><ul><li>2003: Sensitivity Training Sessions led by OCL staff members. </li></ul></ul><...
Examples of Staff Training <ul><ul><li>2006: Transgender panel discussion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: GLSEN program ...
<ul><li>What groups are in your area? Co-sponsors of programs can help with promotion and expenses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
<ul><ul><li>Baker and Taylor does NOT have a GLBT booklist, but does note &quot;gay fiction&quot; in reviews. </li></ul></...
<ul><ul><li>The Lambda Literary Foundation Book Reviews: the most established review of contemporary GLBT literature, publ...
<ul><ul><li>Take advantage of Independent Films (screening rights often included in the price).  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
<ul><ul><li>Show sensitivity to customer needs, providing print and web bibliographies, but  no separate shelving or signa...
<ul><ul><li>Breakout Brainstorming Session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What programming could ...
<ul><ul><li>David Levithan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alex Sanchez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan with your Teen Advisory...
<ul><ul><li>Teen Advisory Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults from Jersey Shore PFLAG </li></ul></ul>Programming: Game...
Programming: Book Discussions
Programming: Anti-Bullying  1. How many GLBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year?                  ...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  1. How many GLBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year?                  ...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  2. How many GLBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation?          ...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  2. How many GLBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation?          ...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  3. How many GLBT students skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe?...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  3. How many GLBT students skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe?...
Programming: Anti-Bullying  Bullying & Bias:  Prevention Seminars February 21, 2008 February 26, 2009
Programming: Anti-Bullying  Resources - Local prosecutors and law enforcement - NJ Office of the Attorney General         ...
Programming:  Judy Shepherd addresses the topic of hate crimes.
<ul><ul><li>The Ocean County Board of Health presented information on local resources. </li></ul></ul>Programming: AIDS Qu...
<ul><ul><li>Teens and Adults were separated for the second half of the program: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivational speake...
Programming: AIDS Quilt + Day Without Art
Day Without Art  2008
Programming:  Freeheld  Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Freeheld  screening: Don Bennett, Cynthia Wade, and Steve Goldstein
Programming: Film discussion series based on popular movies.
<ul><ul><li>Growing Up Gay: panel members in their 30s to 70s will discuss what it was like to be a gay teenager in past e...
<ul><ul><li>Rainbowfest in Trenton. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gay Pride Day in June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Asbury Park f...
<ul><ul><li>Press releases to local papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Out in Jersey  (see handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
In your voice: Read reactions to this story airpat  wrote: ----> AND WHY WOUL'NT THEY?? 3/26/2008 3:05:56 AM March 25, 200...
<ul><ul><li>Make sure you have the support of top level administration in your library. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train y...
<ul><ul><li>Keep administrators informed of potential problems so that they aren’t blindsided. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
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This presentation was given on 10/14/09 at a daylong workshop in New Brunswick sponsored by INFOLINK: Serving New Jersey's GLBT Community. INFOLINK Regional Library Cooperative and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library.

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Serving GLBT library customers: Partnerships Programs

  1. 1. GLBT Programming in the Ocean County Library System: Programming, Partnerships, Promotion and Pitfalls. Pham Condello Karla Ivarson Julie Tozer
  2. 2. How it all started. <ul><ul><li>1997: Diversity Committee formed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1998: Formal Diversity Plan. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1999: Training for all staff on diversity issues led by Mountaintop Ventures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2003: GLBT Diversity Focus Group was formed: Insight Out. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Making the case for GLBT programming. &quot;The number of kids who question their sexuality is astonishingly large...some studies even suggest that as many as 20 percent of teens today are not completely heterosexual.&quot;      Savin-Williams, Ritch C. The New Gay Teenager, 2005. Quoted in Serving      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens: A How-to-      Do-It Manual for Librarians , 2007.   “ When I first realized I was gay,” Austin interjected, “I just assumed I would hide it and be miserable for the rest of my life. But then I said, ‘O.K., wait, I don’t want to hide this and be miserable my whole life.’ ” I asked him how old he was when he made that decision. “ Eleven,” he said.      Denizet-Lewis, Benoit. &quot;Coming Out in Middle School.&quot; NY Times Magazine,      Sept. 23, 3009.
  4. 4. Making the case for GLBT programming. <ul><li>Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. </li></ul><ul><li>     Massachusetts 2006 Youth Risk Survey </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>We see the world through the prism of money.  So we set out to determine a couple's lifetime cost of being gay. ... In our worst case, $467,562.  In the best case, $41,196.   </li></ul><ul><li>     Bernard, Tara Siegel and Ron Lieber. &quot;The Higher Lifetime Cost of Being a Gay </li></ul><ul><li>     Couple.&quot; NY Times , October 2, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Making the case for GLBT programming. <ul><li>The library serves the entire community. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Staff training is the foundation for success. <ul><ul><li>Informs staff of changes and prepares them to meet challenges from the public. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets expectations for staff, that they are expected to support an environment of inclusivity. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Examples of training for staff: <ul><ul><li>2003--Gay Activist Alliance of Morris County panel discussion for staff: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GLBT–GAAMC Speakers Bureau David Morris, Sue Harris, Ken Munson, Bill Cox. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of training for staff: <ul><ul><li>2003: Sensitivity Training Sessions led by OCL staff members. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2004: GBLT Issues in Law Enforcement with </li></ul></ul><ul><li>     David D’Amico </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leslie Feinberg, transgender activist, author and organizer, speaks at a Cultural Awareness Seminar at the Brick Branch. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Examples of Staff Training <ul><ul><li>2006: Transgender panel discussion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: GLSEN program on NJ’s Bullying Law. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: Dr. Escovitz, “Transgender Journey”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainbow Trivia Game on Gay History. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What groups are in your area? Co-sponsors of programs can help with promotion and expenses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GLSEN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PFLAG </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County Board of Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Q Spot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harbor House (Shelter) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask local groups what programs they would like to see as well as what they can present. </li></ul>Partnerships (see handout)
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Baker and Taylor does NOT have a GLBT booklist, but does note &quot;gay fiction&quot; in reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Rainbow List&quot;: since 2008, a yearly list of children's and young adult titles, put together by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table. See handout . </li></ul></ul>Collections--Purchasing
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>The Lambda Literary Foundation Book Reviews: the most established review of contemporary GLBT literature, published quarterly. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.lambdaliterary.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff and customer suggestions. </li></ul></ul>Collections--Purchasing
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Take advantage of Independent Films (screening rights often included in the price). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: many GLBT films are NOT rated, which means that someone has to review the movie for content and then add a collection code for the rating in the system. </li></ul></ul>Collections: DVDs
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>Show sensitivity to customer needs, providing print and web bibliographies, but no separate shelving or signage. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book display ideas for Pride Month in June: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>     Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>     Non-fiction </li></ul><ul><li>     Gay Authors </li></ul>Collections—Location and Display
  15. 15. <ul><ul><li>Breakout Brainstorming Session </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10 minutes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What programming could you see taking place at your library? </li></ul></ul>Programming
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>David Levithan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alex Sanchez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan with your Teen Advisory Board or Friends Group. </li></ul></ul>Programming: Author Visits
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>Teen Advisory Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults from Jersey Shore PFLAG </li></ul></ul>Programming: Game Night
  18. 18. Programming: Book Discussions
  19. 19. Programming: Anti-Bullying 1. How many GLBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year?                  a. 86.2%                  b. 66.2%                  c. 46.2%                  d. 26.2% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  20. 20. Programming: Anti-Bullying 1. How many GLBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year?                  a. 86.2%                  b. 66.2%                  c. 46.2%                  d. 26.2% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  21. 21. Programming: Anti-Bullying 2. How many GLBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation?                  a. 50.8%                  b. 60.8%                  c. 70.8%                  d. 80.8% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  22. 22. Programming: Anti-Bullying 2. How many GLBT students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation?                  a. 50.8%                   b. 60.8%                  c. 70.8%                  d. 80.8% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  23. 23. Programming: Anti-Bullying 3. How many GLBT students skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe?                  a.   2.7%                   b. 12.7%                  c. 22.7%                  d. 32.7% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  24. 24. Programming: Anti-Bullying 3. How many GLBT students skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe?                  a.   2.7%                   b. 12.7%                  c. 22.7%                  d. 32.7% 2007 National School Climate Survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A survey of 6,209 middle and high school students
  25. 25. Programming: Anti-Bullying Bullying & Bias:  Prevention Seminars February 21, 2008 February 26, 2009
  26. 26. Programming: Anti-Bullying Resources - Local prosecutors and law enforcement - NJ Office of the Attorney General          Division on Civil Rights - Anti-bullying/tolerance educators - School officials and counselors   - Online:      - safeschoolscoalition.org      - National Bullying Prevention Campaign      - bullying.org and njbullying.org      - interventioncentral.org      - spectrumdiversity.org
  27. 27. Programming:  Judy Shepherd addresses the topic of hate crimes.
  28. 28. <ul><ul><li>The Ocean County Board of Health presented information on local resources. </li></ul></ul>Programming: AIDS Quilt + Informational Programs
  29. 29. <ul><ul><li>Teens and Adults were separated for the second half of the program: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivational speakers from Life Force: Women Fighting AIDS. </li></ul>Programming: AIDS Quilt + Informational Programs
  30. 30. Programming: AIDS Quilt + Day Without Art
  31. 31. Day Without Art 2008
  32. 32. Programming: Freeheld Film Screening and Panel Discussion
  33. 33. Freeheld screening: Don Bennett, Cynthia Wade, and Steve Goldstein
  34. 34. Programming: Film discussion series based on popular movies.
  35. 35. <ul><ul><li>Growing Up Gay: panel members in their 30s to 70s will discuss what it was like to be a gay teenager in past eras. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help: My Kid Just Came Out of the Closet—What do I do now? </li></ul></ul>Programming: PFLAG Panel Discussions
  36. 36. <ul><ul><li>Rainbowfest in Trenton. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gay Pride Day in June </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(Asbury Park for North Jersey, Philadelphia for South Jersey) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools--Gay Straight Alliances? GLSEN knows if your school has one! </li></ul></ul>Outreach
  37. 37. <ul><ul><li>Press releases to local papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Out in Jersey (see handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does your local newspaper/radio station let you post to a calendar? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networking sites. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach contacts? </li></ul></ul>Promotion
  38. 38. In your voice: Read reactions to this story airpat wrote: ----> AND WHY WOUL'NT THEY?? 3/26/2008 3:05:56 AM March 25, 2008 Forum: Growing up gay in '40s to '70s The Jersey Shore chapter of the group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will hold a panel discussion April 8 at the Brick branch of the Ocean County Library. The program, which begins at 7 p.m., will discuss the experiences of gay people growing up in the 1940s to the 1970s. To register for the program, call (732) 477-4513 or register online at the Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org . The Brick branch is at 301 Chambers Bridge Road. Recommend Report Abuse MRDOOWOP wrote: Why would the County sanction such a group, by allowing them to meet at taxpayer expense ? 3/26/2008 12:05:25 AM Write up for April 8th 2008 PFLAG panel discussion, printed in The Asbury Park Press :
  39. 39. <ul><ul><li>Make sure you have the support of top level administration in your library. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train your staff— we serve the entire community. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan on receiving complaints. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold questions until the end of presentations—this will help to limit disruptions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you received press on an upcoming program, monitor message boards of your local paper. </li></ul></ul>Avoiding Pitfalls
  40. 40. <ul><ul><li>Keep administrators informed of potential problems so that they aren’t blindsided. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform police of any threats. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t get discouraged if attendance is sparse at your first events. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume that each GLBT program meets the needs of the entire community--for instance, not all members of this community are interested in marriage. </li></ul></ul>Avoiding Pitfalls

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