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Collecting and Protecting LGBTQ+ Materials and Programs Webinar
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The Collecting and Protecting LGBTQ+ Materials and Programs webinar, hosted by the Freedom to Read Foundation, will examine collection development tools for LGBTQ+ materials and digital resources and explain how to navigate challenges to library programs and materials. Co-sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RTT) and Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), the webinar will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. CST. The webinar is free for members of FTRF, IFRT,

8/5/2020
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
2:00 PM
Where: United States
Contact: Yumeka Brown
312-280-4223


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Public and school libraries experience the most challenges to materials, and in 2019 eight out of the top ten most challenged books were on that list for having LGBTQ+ content. While some schools and libraries were or are physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges continue to take place and discriminatory legislation toward LGBTQ+ individuals is ongoing. 


The Collecting and Protecting LGBTQ+ Materials and Programs webinar, hosted by the Freedom to Read Foundation, will examine collection development tools for LGBTQ+ materials and digital resources and explain how to navigate challenges to library programs and materials. Co-sponsored by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RTT) and Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), the webinar will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. CST. The webinar is free for members of FTRF, IFRT, and RRT, and $25 for non-members. Attendees must register in advance. 


The webinar panelists have each been proactive in collecting LGBTQ+ materials, working through challenges to materials, or navigating programming challenges and protests. Many library workers will experience some form of intellectual freedom challenge in their career, whether it’s hearing a patron complaint, struggling with the urge to censor a title by not purchasing it rather than face challenges, or becoming embroiled in a community-wide debate. Staff and members of the FTRF, IFRT and RRT) hope to provide education and support in these areas and help current and future librarians, library staff, students and patrons respond to these issues in ways that are proactive and protect access to information for all.