This research examines school librarians’ perspectives on collecting LGBT materials. Based on qualitative interviews with thirty-one school librarians, this project found generally strong support for collecting LGBT materials. School librarians discussed serving their communities, having resources for all students, and meeting the needs of diverse students. In addition, they shared several ways that school libraries can counter bullying: creating a bully-free zone in the library, collecting LGBT and anti-bullying materials, collaborating with guidance counselors and teachers, suggesting particular books for certain students, being a supporter of students, and positioning the school library as a safe space.
This research was funded by a 2014 ALA Diversity Grant.
Oltmann, Shannon M., "“They Kind of Rely on the Library”: School Librarians Serving LGBT Students" (2016). Information Science Faculty Publications. 33.