Midwinter programs of interest: GLBTRT panel and Conversation on Diversity

By John Mack Freeman

With a little more than six weeks before Midwinter, many people are starting to plan their conference schedules. Be sure not to miss these programs of special interest to the GLBTRT Membership:

Blood Donation: Facts, Fear and Discrimination

GLBTRT will be hosting a panel at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting entitled “Blood Donation: Facts, Fear and Discrimination” as part of the News You Can Use series. Since 1983 the FDA has forbidden any man who has ever have had sex with a man from donating blood. Fortunately, the FDA is considering changing this policy to allow some blood donations by men who have sex with men. This panel will educate librarians from around the country about this issue and how it relates to access and blood drives.

Our panel will be held at 8:30am, Sunday, February 1st. Speakers will be announced soon.

If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Board or Ann Symons directly.


Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion at Midwinter 
Members are invited to a “Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion” Sunday afternoon at Midwinter from 1:00-2:30 p.m.. The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Jorge Reina Schement, vice-president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University (and former dean of the School of Communications and Information) and Nancy Kranich, lecturer and special projects librarian, Rutgers University, and chair of the ALA Center for Civic Life. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with members of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and with other colleagues on important issues.

1 thought on “Midwinter programs of interest: GLBTRT panel and Conversation on Diversity

  1. Thank you for the information about this program.
    What are the details for the social in Chicago later this month?

    Please let me know.

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