Meet Lorelei Rutledge! An RT Member Profile

Lorelei Rutledge, Faculty Services Librarian, University of Utah Marriott Library              

By A. Faulkner

What is your role in the GLBTRT?

General member

What does the GLBTRT mean to you?

A place to discuss professional issues related to LGBTQ people

Are you involved in ALA in other ways?

Yes! I just wrapped up as an Emerging Leader, where I worked on a project to revitalize the Learning Round Table’s conference presentation review service. I am also a member of the University Libraries Section Committee and the LLAMA Mentoring Committee.

What professional work do you perform?

I manage our virtual reference services and our resident librarian program. I also liaise with several social sciences departments.

What would you like to share about your personal life?

I am going back to school for my MBA, which is both exciting and terrifying. I am obsessed with supernatural fiction and have recently discovered a love of audiobooks, so I am listening to all of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. The way to my heart is coffee and I love art and regular journaling. I am one of those nerdy queer people without enough pop culture knowledge to make me seem cool.  J

What are you most proud of?

I am delighted to be the fiancée of a gorgeous, funny and smart lady, and the minion of a furry feline overlord.

Who inspires you?

I got a chance to present with Alanna Aiko Moore, Adriana Burgos-Ojeda, Whit Lopez and Jhani Miller at the ALA Annual Conference on “Intersections and the Experience of GLBTQ Library Folks,” a GLBTRT co-sponsored panel, and I was very inspired by their dedication and willingness to share their lives and experiences.

What are your goals? (Professional and/or personal.)

My goals are to continue to contribute to the profession, especially in ways that support equity for underserved groups. Personally, I hope to become a gentler, kinder person.

What do you think (or predict) is the future of libraries?

I think our future is to continue providing access to high-quality information in a variety of ways to a variety of people. Like many other Round Table members have said, I believe libraries are and will continue to be essential in preserving democracy.

In what direction would you like the GLBTRT to move in the future?

I love the direction GLBTRT is going now, especially the opportunities to connect with and learn from other members.  :)

If you could be transported into the fictional world of any book, where would you go?

I think it would have to be the world of Lila Bowen’s Shadow series, which is set in the Old West but includes shapeshifters and other supernatural types. I would love to be friends with Nettie/Rhett, the main character.  J

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Oh God What’s Happening Right Now: A Life or I Think I Forgot My Lunch: A Memoir.

If you could only choose one song to play every time you entered a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days are Over. It always cheers me up.

If you could have a dinner party with 5 culturally or historically significant figures, living or dead, who would you invite?

Oh gosh, probably Roxane Gay, Marilyn Wann, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jack Halberstam and Rebecca Solnit.

What is the meaning of life?

Dude!! 42, obviously!


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