Checking the pulse of LGBTIQ+ inclusion and representation in the academic library: A Literature Review

Michelle Matheson, Elizabeth Tait, Sue Reynolds

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Abstract

Libraries aim to meet the needs of the communities they serve inclusive of those from diverse cultural backgrounds, and more recently particularly addressing those who identify as LGBTIQ+. Universities have also begun to focus on building inclusion for LGBTIQ+ students and staff in their communities generally. This review examines the literature as it relates to academic libraries addressing the needs of their LGBTIQ+ users and the provision of LGBTIQ+ information resources to the university community. The literature is discussed under the themes of information needs, service needs and LGBTIQ+ resources and access in collections. Within these themes barriers to meeting LGBTIQ+ users’ needs and current recommended responses for academic libraries are also discussed. The review concludes that further evaluation of LGBTIQ+ holdings in academic libraries, and academic libraries’ adoption of recommended responses to LGBTIQ+ user needs is warranted. Also identified is the need for an updated examination of LGBTIQ+ users’ views on how academic libraries might meet their specific needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jan 2020

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