LGBTQIA Scholarship Roundup for March 22nd, 2017

By Emilia Marcyk

Current scholarship and academic news addressing LGBTQIA identities and concerns, of interest to librarians, educators, and information professionals.


Adler, Melissa. Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge. Oxford University Press, 2017. URL:

An analysis of the history of sexuality seen through the lens of the Library of Congress subjects and cataloging practices. The author problematizes the LoC approach to difference; also included is a discussion of the Delta Collection, materials seized by the US Postal service through the 1960s, which were deemed too obscene for the public to consume.

Craig, Shelley L., et al. “Fighting for Survival: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students in Religious Colleges and Universities.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, vol. 29, iss. 1, 2017, pp. 1-24. URL:

The authors interviewed 217 LGBTQ students at religious colleges or universities, and identified the ways in which these students “fight for survival” in heavily religious contexts.

Call for Chapters

The editors of a new book from McFarland Press, called Tolerance: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action are looking for chapter submissions.

From ALA Connect:

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level: tolerance. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries.

Proposed chapter titles and brief descriptions are due to the editors by April 30, 2017. Further submission information is available through ALA Connect or the Library’s Writers Blog.


The 9th Annual Rainbow Book Fair is happening again this year at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. The Fair offers participants the opportunity to browse the catalogs of several LGBTQ publishers, as well as the work of independent artists and authors. For additional information and programming, see the Rainbow Book Fair website.


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