LGBT Book Discussion Groups in Public Libraries: Seeking Compatibility

to Dr. John Pruitt, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, and vice president, Friends of the Hedberg Public Library Board of Trustees


The study aims to learn how public libraries and LGBT book discussion groups together can construct a positive gay community and identity. By understanding the expectations of LGBT book discussion groups, Pruitt contends libraries may increase the diversity of their patrons and help to establish that the library is a welcoming site for all individuals in the community. The project was submitted under this year’s Research Topic 2 – Diversity and Library Services to LGBTQ Communities.

Resulting publications & presentations:

  • Pruitt, J. (2010, April). Gay men’s book clubs versus Wisconsin’s public libraries: Political perceptions in the absence of dialogue. Library Quarterly, 80(2), 121-141.

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2008 - Winner(s)