MyDentity: A New Book/Discussion Club

The GLBT Library is proud to start MyDentity, a new book/discussion club! Every month we’ll have 3-5 recommended books, based on a certain theme, available here at the GLBT Library. After reading as many and as much of the texts you’d like, join us for a general thematic discussion. Snacks will be provided. Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 1 at 7PM. We will be hosting at the GLBT Library (located at the GLBT Student Support Services Office). Folks of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

How it works: The GLBT Library has placed the recommended books on reserve for the duration of the month. What this means is that you will be able to borrow each book for 3 business days (or read them in the library!) to ensure that as many folks as possible get the chance to check them out!

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Our September theme is: Defining Identity
When did your life become decided by someone else? Are our physical appearances all that determine who we are? Perhaps our identity is determined by our actions? Come explore the many ways in which identities are constructed, including sexuality, gender, race, age, and more!

Recommended reading:
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
-Also available at other IU Libraries and Monroe County Public Library
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
-Also available at other IU Libraries, RPS Libraries, and Monroe County Public Library
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
-Also available at other IU Libraries, RPS Libraries, and Monroe County Public Library
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
-Also available at other IU Libraries and Monroe County Public Library

Questions or suggestions? Contact Ben at brownbed@umail.iu.edu or Andrew at glbtlib@indiana.edu! Hope to see you at our first meeting!

Navigating the Library

The Library can be a daunting place. Too often are students expected to understand our organizational methods without proper introductions. This can be especially intimidating at the GLBT Library, where students may not be familiar with our special classification scheme, based on the Lavender Library, Archives and Cultural Exchange of Sacramento Inc. (LLACE). Then there’s also the issue of navigating our space. The GLBT Library is small, but with all the walls covered in books and DVDs, it can be challenging to find exactly what you need. Patrons need to be able to find exactly what they are looking for, and in some cases they need to find them quickly. Closeted, questioning, or curious students who may feel shy about entering the GLBT Student Support Services Office deserve full access to our library’s collections, and they may not have the time to spend 20 minutes leisurely browsing.

We have done our best to catalog our library materials through LibraryThing so that patrons can see if we carry what they are looking for. It is searchable by titles, authors, and subject tags. Access our catalog here.

We have also created a color-coordinated map of the space to help facilitate browsing:
Map of Library
Here are also some quick tips for searching in our collection:
-The library’s books are divided into non-fiction (in orange) and fiction/literature (in green).
-The Coming Out section is found on Shelf 4 on the map. The call number for these books start at 6.130!
-Our materials are sometimes marked on their spines with a G(ay), L(esbian), B(isexual), T(rans*), Q(ueer), A(sexual), or I(ntersex). We have tried our hardest to be inclusive, and hope that materials related to these topics are easier to find.
-The zine collection will be starting in Fall 2015. Keep an eye out for some exciting new publications!
-The computer is free to use and has full Internet access. The LibraryThing catalog can be accessed through a desktop shortcut.

If you ever have any problems, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the GLBT Library Coordinator at glbtlib@indiana.edu.

Spring Collection Development

LibraryAs our school year comes to a close, the GLBT Office is tasked with the always difficult, but very rewarding, duty of ordering new materials for the GLBT Library. After compiling an extensive list of titles (worth at least 4 times our budget), I managed to whittle it down according to our strategic goals. My main concern for acquisitions was diversity, that our collection had something for everyone. Some of our underrepresented collections include comics, animated films, and horror – all of which are included in our wishlist. More importantly, we will be ordering works that relate to issues of intersectionality, including crip theory, body types, fetishism, race theory, and others. I also hope to expand our resources for underrepresented sexes, sexualities, and genders, including bisexuality, intersex, and trans* issues.

In addition to ensuring that we have the “quintessential” titles and new releases, catering to as many patrons as possible in a variety of mediums and subjects is always a challenge. In the end, I believe we’ll be receiving some very exciting titles this summer!

If you’ll be around, stop by the GLBT Office periodically to check out a book or movie! We’ll continue our regular office hours of Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, all summer long. Good luck with finals!