May 23, 2022

New Research Article: “They Kind of Rely on the Library: School Librarians Serving LGBT Students”

The following article was published late last week on the The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA) web site.

JRLYA is published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).


They Kind of Rely on the Library’: School Librarians Serving LGBT Students


Shannon M. Oltmann
University of Kentucky


The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
ISSN: 2157-3980
Vol. 7, No. 1
March 2016


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.

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Also in March 2016 issue of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults…

“It’s Woefully Inadequate”: Collections of LGBTQ* Fiction for Teens in English Public Library Service

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