School libraries as a resource for the LBGTQ student community
Rhea, Leah Reid
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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) student community is exponentially becoming more visible within schools. The school library can be a welcoming and helpful place for LGBTQ students. This review of research focuses on the common beliefs and library core values for having equitable access and intellectual freedom for all students and explores ways the school library can advocate for and protect the resources for the LGBTQ student community. The literature reviewed discusses ideas and suggestions for meeting the LGBTQ student user group needs through collection development, promotion of resources, and leadership opportunities for school librarians through multicultural education. The research concluded that the LGBTQ student community is in need of resources from the library that show a reflection of the community and educate on LGBTQ lives and issues.