Concurrent Program Session

OUT @ the Library: Innovative LGBTQ Programming at the Library

Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 102/104/106

The Seattle Public Library’s “OUT @ the Library” team focused on innovative and co-curated programming with community partners to reach LGBTQ youth, adults, and communities of color. This included several programming firsts for libraries: health fair events that included HIV and hepatitis rapid results, gender variant storytimes, and a literary drag event at a local night club for Banned Books Week. Come learn how you can apply the lessons learned to create your own risk-taking, community curated programming.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Learn ways to connect with community partners for innovative community engagement through risk-taking programming and co-curated programs. 2: Understand key steps to get administrative buy-in and utilize staff diversity regardless of job title and community contacts to make large and small-scale programs successful. 3: Hear methods for stepping outside the notions of traditional library programming to reach target audiences who do not normally use libraries or who think libraries can't improve their lives.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3   Download 4  

Track: Challenge

Tags: Marketing/Advocacy, Advocacy, Children's Services, Diversity, Young Adult Services


Jared Mills, Assistant Managing Librarian
The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

An unabashed reading enthusiast with extensive practice and knowledge of library leadership and over a decade of innovative designer of Library programs and services. Creator of Books on Bikes, the first full service pedal-powered library, replicated across the world. Part time lecturer at the University of Washington and full time manager of World Languages, Reader Services and Arts & Humanities departments at the Seattle Public Library.

Misha Stone, Librarian
The Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

Misha Stone is a Reader Services librarian at The Seattle Public Library specializing in readers' advisory for adults. Misha got her undergraduate degree from Marlboro College and her MLIS from the University of Washington's iSchool, where she occassionally teaches RA classes.

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