Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Local library boasts trans collection
by Steven Chaitman
2009-09-09

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


When the Oak Park Public Library ( OPPL ) evaluated its collections back in 2005, there was one glaring hole in its diversity collections. There were books and other materials for the "LGB" portion of the LGBT community, but there was very little for the "T."

Since 2007, the OPPL has amassed a collection of around 150 transgender-related books and other resources, making it the first public library outside of San Francisco, Calif., to have a trans collection.

"We were looking under the GLBT umbrella and realized we had completely missed ( the transgender community ) ," said OPPL Collection Development Manager Bleue Benton.

The Transgender Resource Collection contains resource books such as information on gender reconstructive surgery, non-fiction memoirs, magazines, audio non-fiction and both feature and documentary film DVDs.

OPPL applied for and received a $3,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant in 2006 that helped pay for the collection. An extensive self-study was conducted, resulting in a detailed report on how to make the library more transgender friendly and consequently a guide on appropriate training for library staff.

To promote the collection to the transgender community, OPPL worked with the Chicago Gender Society ( CGS ) . OPPL has lectured many times about their collection and self-study findings and also appeared at this year's Be-All convention, Chicago's transgender conference, back in June.

"CGS has told us how meaningful it was to them to be welcomed in a public library," Benton said. "For years they had to get information sources from adult bookstores."

Greer Daniels, a regular columnist for the CGS newsletter The Primrose, wrote about her positive experience visiting the library last March.

"It's nice to know it's there," Daniels said, "That there's a place you can go or direct someone to if they're having issues, questions."

Daniels said that the librarian who assisted her was extraordinarily helpful, directing her to the online catalog to look up the materials, which are spread throughout the library, not centralized in one section. Daniels said she found the memoirs to be the most interesting.

"For those that are searching for themselves a little bit, it's nice to see things that address what it's like to be TG," she said.

The OPPL has information about the collection on its Web site ( www.oppl.org/media/trc.htm ) along with links to the self-study findings and "The $200 Transgender Bookshelf," which is a list of all the transgender titles that OPPL recommends.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

SHOWBIZ Trans movie, Diana Ross, GLAAD study, celebrities take stand 2020-06-01
NATIONAL Court ruling, Trevor Project, trans man killed, George Floyd statements 2020-06-01
EXCLUSIVE Trans Minneapolis city councilmember talks about violence, George Floyd 2020-05-30
Chicago House to present Impact of COVID-19 on trans communities May 29 2020-05-28
Chicago artists virtually unveil mural honoring LGBTQ community 2020-05-27
WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill 2020-05-27
U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery 2020-05-22
Brave Space Alliance announces board of directors 2020-05-21
Trevor Project releases report on mental health of trans, non-binary youth 2020-05-21
NATIONAL Harvey Milk, trans woman killed, 'Queer the Census,' NYC Pride 2020-05-18
VIEWS LGBTQ discrimination is a disgrace 2020-05-18
Report: HHS rule will negatively affect 1.5M transgender Americans 2020-05-18
'Matrix' co-creator cites Chicago LGBTQ organization in tweet 2020-05-18
Navy grants first waiver for trans service member 2020-05-15
SHOWBIZ Lady Gaga, Quibi shows, Alexandra Billings, 'Queer Eye,' podcasts 2020-05-12
WORLD Blood-donation ban, Kenyan refugees, trans activist, club COVID-19 outbreak 2020-05-12
Trans-rights advocate Aimee Stephens dies 2020-05-12
NATIONAL Early release, Zara settlement, arrests in Puerto Rico, D.C. gay bars close 2020-05-12
WORLD Turkish president, Honduras killing, Pope Benedict, Tom of Finland 2020-05-04
NATIONAL Colorado governor, Texas judge, trans woman killed, Indiana, festivals 2020-04-28
NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION Trans actress' dreams come true on 'Supergirl' 2020-04-28
Online seminar for families of transgender individuals May 3 2020-04-22
Transgender adults with underlying health conditions at risk for COVID-19 2020-04-22
NATIONAL Trans students, HIV+ men released, LGBTQ judge, centers, Joe Biden 2020-04-20
Idaho anti-trans law challenged 2020-04-15
NATIONAL Virginia's pro-LGBTQ moves, trans teen, Dr. Fauci, AIDS Quilt 2020-04-14
REPORT Evening TV news gave less than 20 minutes to anti-trans violence in 2019 2020-04-10
WORLD Trans Day of Visibility, Hong Kong judge, Ugandan police, Elton John 2020-04-06
SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Showtime, pro-trans song, Colton Underwood, Shea Coulee 2020-04-06
NATIONAL Coronavirus deaths, the CARES Act, Ritchie Torres, trans-youth study 2020-04-06
Advocates: LGBTQs face additional complications in pandemic 2020-04-01
ELECTIONS 2020 Jill Rose Quinn heads toward being state's first openly transgender judge 2020-04-01
Brave Space Alliance, Trans Liberation Collective begin COVID-19 Trans Relief Fund 2020-03-31
Benjamin Scheuer releases "I Am Samantha" for International Transgender Visibility Day 2020-03-31
Idaho governor signs two anti-trans bills 2020-03-31
NCLR condemns Idaho law barring transgender girls from sports 2020-03-30
Chicagoan alleges anti-trans bias against Orangetheory location 2020-03-28
PFLAG to launch TransKids, SoFierce social media campaign on March 31 2020-03-27
NATIONAL Gay attorney dies, lawsuit against HHS, trans woman killed, health news 2020-03-24
ELECTIONS 2020 Biden takes Illinois; trans candidate makes history 2020-03-17
 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.