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Title: It's Your Right to be you
Authors: Edeholt, Christer
Keywords: Subject::LGBTQ library outreach
Subject::Gender equality
Subject::Equal access
Issue Date: 7-Oct-2022
Publisher: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Series/Report no.: 87th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC);Poster Sessions
Abstract: During 2022 the Västerbotten County Library is about to finish a training and development effort in LGBTQ for all the staff in the public-, school-, hospital libraries and the county library in Västerbotten. To start a process for LGBTQ and reinforce democracy and human rights. The purpose of the LGBTQ certification is to begin a structured and long term work with LGBTQ, norms and equality in the library’s activities based on target group, work environment and development. Education for the Library Staff ● Lectures and discussions about norms and LGBTQ. ● Reading books and watching movies about LGBTQ and writing rekommendations. ● An individual reflection task about norms and treatment of visitors. ● Conversations about LGBTQ and norms. Development in the Library ● Create an action plan for continued work with LGBTQ, norms and equality in the library. ● Make LGBTQ visible. ● The Rainbow Bookshelf. ● Program activities with LGBTQ theme. ● Strive for a a safe welcomming space, without discrimination or intrusion. ● Collaborations with associations and organizations, with knowledge of LGBTQ and norms. ● Inventory the library’s documents and communication. ● What does our work environment look like? Is it possible to be yourself at our workplace? The LGBTQ certification is an important support for libraries in the work with the democratic mission, human rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The library becomes LGBTQ-certified when it has undergone the entire LGBTQ certification process, which, depending on the activity, is estimated to take 4-6 months. []
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