“Still the books aren’t there”: barriers to provision of LGBTQ* fiction for children and young people in English public libraries
“This paper reports on findings from doctoral research into the provision of LGBTQ* fiction to children and young people in English public libraries. The study found room for improvement in levels of provision at all the participating library authorities, and identified a number of factors that formed barriers to comprehensive, inclusive provision of LGBTQ* fiction for children and young people.
Library provision was constrained by the narrow range of items available in print in the UK, particularly for younger children. Furthermore, even where titles were available, the majority were not published by UK publishers and thus did not reach libraries through mainstream library suppliers. Due to the lack of awareness of the need for provision on the part of librarians, the large majority of participants did not endeavour to compensate for this by purchasing from specialist sources.
The paper will conclude with some practical suggestions for improving provision.”
Elizabeth L. Chapman (Liz)
Liz recently completed her PhD on provision of LGBTQ* fiction to children and young people in English public libraries. She now divides her time between working for Sheffield Libraries, and lecturing in Education Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. She is Section Editor for Equality and Diversity for the Journal of Radical Librarianship, and previously edited Public Library Journal. As a bi woman, she has a strong commitment to LGBTQ* inclusion in libraries.
Liz will be speaking on day 1 of the conference