Public Libraries Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth by Creating Safe Spaces

Your Name and Title:Julie Ann Winkelstein, Postdoctoral researcher
Library, School, or Organization Name: University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Public librarians, library school instructors, administrators

Short Session Description (one line): Creating safe spaces for homeless LGBTQ youth

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
This session offers librarians an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the needs and experiences of homeless youth and the ways in which libraries could make a difference in the lives of these young people. The topic of LGBTQ homeless youth is one that is just beginning to come to the attention of librarians and other concerned community agencies and members. The information in this session is educational and practical, and the stories of these young people and the service providers who care for them provide first-hand accounts of the challenges and successes of a group that has much to gain from libraries, as well as much to offer.
This program will provide basic facts about LGBTQ homeless youth, insights into ways they are currently using and experiencing public libraries, concrete how-to suggestions on how libraries could reach out to these youth and those who provide services to them, and some personal stories from the youth, the service providers and librarians who are currently addressing this issue. It is hoped this session will provide new insights into ways libraries can expand their target audiences and inspire innovative ideas about ways libraries and their communities can work together to address social issues such as youth homelessness.

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