Rainbow Book List Committee
To select from the year’s publications, books that reflect gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans-gendered/queer-questioning (glbtq) experience for young people from birth to age 18 and to annotate selected titles.
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The Rainbow Book List Committee creates an annual book list of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. Books on the final bibliography, to be determined at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, are published within the assigned calendar year or between July 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar year.
We invite recommendations for this bibliography from anyone not affiliated with the author or the publisher of the proposed book prior to September 30 of each year. A short statement explaining the book's merit should accompany the recommendation. Titles for consideration from jury members are to be submitted by October 31.
Public Posts from ALA Connect
- Rainbow Book List - 2016
- 2015 Annual Conference Report
- 2014 Annual Conference Report - Rainbow Project
- Rainbow Project 2014 Post Committee Report
- Pre Midwinter 2014 Rainbow Project Report
- Rainbow Project Committee Meeting I (GLBTRT, SRRT)
- Rainbow Project Committee Meeting II (GLBTRT, SRRT)
- 2013 Annual Committee Report- Rainbow Project
- Rainbow Project Post 2013 Midwdinter Meeting Update
- 2013 Midwinter Meeting Rainbow Project Report
The committee consists of members appointed by the GLBTRT Board, serving one-year terms with the option to renew for a second year. Each annual cycle will be led by an appointed chair.The committee has the support of a liaison from the GLBTRT Board and an ALA Staff Liaison.
Eligibility of Books
Rainbow Book List Committee
The committee consists of nine members, serving two year terms, and led by a chair. The committee has a liaison from the GLBTRT Board and an ALA Staff Liaison.
The chair serves a one-year term and is appointed by the GLBTRT Chair-elect.
Bibliography Selection Process
Announcement of the Rainbow Book List Bibliography
Following its last meeting, the committee will provide the ALA Public Information Office with the final list of selected titles in the form of a press release. The press release will be posted on the Rainbow Book List website and Twitter, made available to GLBTRT and SRRT for their newsletters and websites, and provided to various sources such as magazines directed toward teens, GLBTQ issues, and library professionals and discussion groups on the Internet. The final bibliography, or a portion of it, will also appear in a spring issue of Booklist.
Requirements/Duties of Rainbow Book List Committee Jury Members
Jury members must be members of the American Library Association and the GLBT Round Table. Jury members are required to attend committee meetings at two consecutive ALA Midwinter Meetings. Jury members who are unable to attend committee meetings held at ALA Midwinter without first obtaining an excused absence from the committee chair, may be asked to resign from the committee.
Jury member responsibilities:
- Maintain knowledge of current glbtq publishing, actively seeking appropriate books.
- Read and critically evaluate current glbtq books.
- Submit glbtq books to consider through the year.
- Participate in jury discussions of glbtq books.
- Read books nominated for the Rainbow Book List bibliography.
- Communicate book reviews and other pertinent information regarding glbtq books with other jury members.
- Follow the rules and procedures of the Rainbow Book List Committee and meet the deadlines established by the jury chair.
- Perform other duties that the jury chair and chair-elect deem necessary.
Requirements/Duties of the Rainbow Book List Committee Assistant
The function of the Assistant includes the following:
- maintain electronic sites for the Committee;
- help with publicity;
- and represent the Project in GBTRT meetings as necessary.
Requirements/Duties of the Rainbow Book List Committee Chair
- Ensure that the Rainbow Book List Committee complies with policies and procedures.
- Maintain an accurate database of all nominated titles.
- Communicate frequently with jury members regarding nominated books.
- Report to OLOS, and GLBTRT as needed.
- Provide publicity as needed regarding the Rainbow Book List Committee and its bibliographies.
- Facilitate Commttee discussion.
- Communicate with publishers regarding the mission of the Rainbow Book List and request preview copies of books for jury members.
- Provide the final bibliography to publishers.
- Work with GLBTRT leadership to establish meeting location and times at ALA annual conferences and midwinter meetings.
- Coordinate a breakfast at ALA Annual Conference during even years.
- Attend to all other business matters and duties as deemed necessary by the Rainbow Book List Committee.
- 2014 July Amendments PDF 312kb -- Amendments to further align procedures with the GLBTRT Bylaws, the GLBTRT Leadership Responsibilities document and a board vote about the use of the word nomination at the March 2014 board meeting.
- 2012 July amendments to procedures PDF: 245kb -- Alignment of procedures with the GLBTRT Bylaws adopted 2011 ALA Election and the GLBTRT Leadership Responsibilities document adopted on 7 March 2012 by GLBTRT Steering Committee.
- 2009 procedures PDF: 82kb]
The Rainbow Book List Committee was created as a grass-roots effort in 2007 to provide young people with books that reflect GLBTQ individuals, groups, and experiences. Although many more books with glbtq content are available to this audience than in the past, many of these are not identified as such, necessitating such a bibliography. The Rainbow Book List Committee was originally a Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) task force but became affiliated also with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) during the ALA Midwinter Meeting 2009.
GLBTRT Membership Meeting Documents, 2009 ALA Annual Conference:
- Membership Meeting Minutes: Not Submitted By Secretary
- Membership Meeting Agenda: [pdf: 68kb]
Project Proposal Documents: