For immediate release | April 25, 2019

New session: Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies with Jessica Jupitus. This workshop will consist of two 60-minute sessions and take place at 3:30pm Eastern/2:30pm Central/1:30pm Mountain/12:30pm Pacific on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13, 2019.

As library staff, we have an obligation to ensure that our services are welcoming and inclusive to all populations. The increasing visibility of gay, queer, transgender, and gender non-binary issues has many institutions striving to better serve these communities.

Whether you’re talking about reference services, collection development, or library programs, information on sexuality and gender identity can be hard to find, and sometimes patrons are uncomfortable asking about and discussing these topics. In this two-part workshop, Jessica Jupitus, a librarian with experience providing services to many populations, will provide you with informative ways on how you can create a warm and welcoming space with visible allies to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. You’ll learn how you can help develop your library services all at the same time. You’ll come out of the session with concrete ideas and strategies for programming, services, collection development, and getting your administration and community on board.

About the Instructor

Jessica Jupitus is the Deputy Director of Library Service for Solano County Library and a former skater/coach for the Sac City Roller—“Lipstick Librarian.” Jessica won the ALA/Scholastic “@ your library” grant in 2012 with a week-long suite of LGBTQIA programming and has been committed to offering programming like Rainbow Family storytime and collaborative opportunities like the Q Prom with the local LGBT Center. In 2014, she was the recipient of a “Pride Award” for her work with the community and was named a Library Mover and Shaker in 2015. She has presented at libraries and conferences around the US on topics like management, service for the LGBTQIA community, and programming for folks in their 20s and 30s.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

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