By Michelle Brown
Picture Book Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) Families and Their Presence in School Libraries in Canada
This paper details a research study focused on inclusion of LGBTQ literature in school library collections, specifically picture book depiction of family; and the challenges, concerns and best practices teacher-librarians face in developing inclusive collections. Research literature, components, methodology, results and references are shared along with an extensive list of LGBTQ titles studied across several provinces. Ms. Brown presents a fascinating look at an important and sensitive topic, with hope that library staff will continue or commence to work with their learning communities “to build collections inclusive to all”.
Michelle Brown is the E-Learning Librarian and the Acting Information Literacy Coordinator at the University of Ottawa. Prior to this, she worked for several years as the Liaison Librarian in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Michelle received her MLIS from McGill. She also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include school libraries, children’s literature, Aboriginal education and open educational resources.