Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21 • 1:30pm - 2:43pm
T13 - LGBTQ YA Readers’ Advisory: Overcoming Challenges to Readers' Advisory for an Elusive Patron Population LIMITED

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Canadian teenagers like to read about Canadian characters. What if announcing at the reference desk "I'm a Canadian" was daunting to a teenager? What if when she said it, the reference desk person had trouble helping her find resources? LGBTQ YA readers are an important and unique subset of Canadian readers. Let's look at strategies for putting books into their hands. We'll explore various studies on the subject and present findings from our own survey circulated to Gay Straight Alliance High School Clubs in 2015. As part of the session, we'll provide attendees with the opportunity to fill out optional surveys. Results from these will be compiled and shared electronically afterward. The PowerPoint of the Session, together  with Reading Lists, etc., will also be shared. So bring your strategies, your questions, your challenges and your favourite LGBTQ titles. We're hoping you'll leave energized with many titles to recommend and many ideas about how to recommend them.


Robert Bittner

Robert Bittner, SSHRC CGS Doctoral Fellow Instructor - EDUC 465 (Children’s Literature), Simon Fraser University Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable Steering Cttee PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University. Rob Bittner is a PhD Candidate in the department of Gender, Sexuality... Read More →

Helen Wilding Cook

Helen Wilding Cook is the Children's & YA Collection Development Coordinator at Library Bound Inc. She started working in a book store twenty-three years ago where she was in charge of the Children’s and YA Department. From there she joined a book wholesaler - again specializing... Read More →

Jenny Fry

Jenny Fry is the Information Services Librarian at City Centre Library (Surrey Libraries). Jenny earned her MA in Gender Studies at UNBC in Prince George in 1997, and her MLIS in Library and Information Studies from the SLAIS at the UBC in 1999. She has worked in a variety of non-profit... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:43pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Library Bound Inc.