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 2017-03-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

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

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg 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 del.icio.us stumble upon digg 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

North Carolina HB2 "repeal" passed, remains discriminatory 2017-03-30
Appellate judges hear Kenosha transgender-related case 2017-03-29
Chicago House offering free career counseling 2017-03-29
How important is age in transitioning? 2017-03-29
TransCare holding vigil April 4 2017-03-29
National: Anti-LGBT bills, Larry Kramer, Grindr mag, trans group's message 2017-03-28
Protection rescinded from LGBT employees of companies working with government 2017-03-28
2017 Truth Awards honor African Americans in the LGBTQ community 2017-03-27
Alphonza Watson, a Black transgender woman, killed in Baltimore 2017-03-27
Anti-trans forces try to influence April 4 Palatine-area school board election 2017-03-25
Trans advocate Wade honored by state Comptroller Mendoza 2017-03-23
130 congregations to participate in Nat'l Weekend of Prayer for Trans Justice 2017-03-23
NC GOP refuses to allow clean up or down vote on full HB2 repeal 2017-03-23
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoes anti-LGBTQ "License to Discriminate" bills 2017-03-23
Attorney General Madigan pushes to strengthen Illinois hate crimes law 2017-03-22
PFLAG official talks transgender workplace support 2017-03-22
Trans veteran running for board position at Illinois college 2017-03-22
'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring 2017-03-22
Pride Films and Plays announces the Great Trans* Play Contest^ 2017-03-21
National: Trans-inclusive sorority, agender activist, Athlete Ally 2017-03-21
World: Murder suspects nabbed, new anti-HIV drug, Japan's first trans male official 2017-03-21
South Side trans woman reported missing 2017-03-20
Evanston High School committee to send locker room policy to full board 2017-03-17
Transgender Women of Color to Rally on National Day of Action to End Violence 2017-03-16
Ways To Take Action To #ProtectTransWomen Today 2017-03-15
Comptroller to honor trans woman of color 2017-03-15
Committee sends transgender ID-marker bill to House 2017-03-15
Entertainment: Laverne Cox, Katy Perry, Justin Hartley, Women's Day backers 2017-03-14
National roundup: #ProtectTransWomen, Black AIDS Institute, soccer incident 2017-03-14
Equality Illinois PAC endorses in District 211 School Board Races 2017-03-13
Community supports suburban trans students 2017-03-09
Cast of Amazon Series 'Transparent' Releases PSA Urging Support for Gavin Grimm 2017-03-09
Iowa House Passes Voter ID Bill Disenfranchising Transgender Voters 2017-03-09
Murders of trans women of color in 2017 getting poor news coverage 2017-03-09
TGNCLGBTSQ coalition calls for Day of Action to protect trans women, femmes 2017-03-08
Lambda Legal looks ahead to Title VII decisions 2017-03-08
Parents of trans child fight DCFS for custody 2017-03-07
World news: Gay Games, trans killings, Italian partner ruling 2017-03-07
Grimm vows to keep fighting in court 2017-03-06
SCOTUS sends Grimm case back to lower court 2017-03-06
 



Copyright © 2017 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
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos 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      Post 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 produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.