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LBGTQ+ Books Within Middle School Libraries and How Librarians Promote These LGBTQ+ Books to Students

LBGTQ+ Books Within Middle School Libraries and How Librarians Promote These LGBTQ+ Books to Students
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Author(s): Kristal Elaine Vallie (Texas A&M University, Commerce, USA) and Susan Szabo (Texas A&M University, Commerce, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Incorporating LGBTQ+ Identities in K-12 Curriculum and Policy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): April Sanders (Spring Hill College, USA), Laura Isbell (Texas A&M University, Commerce, USA) and Kathryn Dixon (Texas A&M University, Commerce, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1404-7.ch010

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Abstract

This mixed methods study allowed the researchers to explore the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) materials available in public middle school libraries and to interview six middle school librarians about their perceptions on “caring about and caring for” in order to provide middle school students with LGBTQ+ books. The study took place in one Texas school district. The quantitative data came from the middle school libraries' online database to determine how many LGBTQ+-themed young-adult books were found in each of the 12 school libraries. The findings revealed that the middle-school libraries offered very few LGBTQ+-themed books for students to checkout. The qualitative data came from interviewing six middle school librarians. Their stories revealed two critical themes toward LGBTQ+ books within their school library: (1) librarians' perceptions and reactions to students' needs and (2) librarians' perceptions and reactions regarding silence within the district.

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