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CATS Program with Rebecca Howard, Karl Siewert and Clay Finck-Ward
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March 31, 2016

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Creating Welcome at Your Library
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Sponsored by CATS

Session Description

2015 was a historic year for LGBT rights in the United States. Still, many individuals struggle to find acceptance in their families, workplaces, and faith communities. Others grapple with bullying, sexual and physical assault, depression, and suicide. How do we make sure that our libraries are a place where LGBTQ individuals are not further marginalized? In this panel discussion, we will share ideas for making your library a welcoming space

Session Objective

Participants will learn practical ways to make your facility, staff, and collection more accessible to LGBTQ persons.

Rebecca Howard

Rebecca has been with the Tulsa City-County Library system for 13 years and is currently the Branch Manager of the Broken Arrow branch. Prior to that, she worked in Readers' Services and the Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service. A passionate Readers' Advisor, she co-created Your Next Great Read, a personalized, form-based RA service, which was featured in Library Journal and was the basis for an ALA e-course. She's been personally and professionally involved in LGBTQ advocacy for much of her adult life and believes strongly in the power of story to change people's lives.

Karl Siewert

Karl has been an Instructional Librarian at NSU-BA since 2013. Prior to that he spent 11 years as a Reference and Teen Services librarian at Tulsa City-County Library. He's also a member of the CYA Podcast team and a frequent instructor for the Institute for Public Librarianship. His mother was a librarian, his high school librarian was Mike Printz, and his son plans to be a librarian as well.

Clay Finck-Ward

Clay has extensive experience in child welfare, clinical assessments, youth programming, and project oversight. He's facilitated training and technical assistance (T/TA) to youth-serving agencies nationwide in the areas of strategic planning, implementation of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, permanency planning and permanency for adolescents, youth engagement and positive youth development, youth advisory boards, youth independent living, and issues concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Openarms Youth Project, a Tulsa area nonprofit that serves LGBTQ youth.

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