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This essay intends to bridge the gap between two under-appreciated communities by committing to ways that each enhances the other. The complications for being a lesbian librarian outlined here may be applied to any librarian or any lesbian by acknowledging how the two communities mirror each other in positions of marginality, struggle, and implication for silence, each active in a movement toward justice. I intend for this chapter to act as a type of autobiographical manifesto, coupled with an invitation for both lesbians and librarians to stake a claim as lesbian librarian.


This work was originally published in "Reference librarianship and justice: History, practice & praxis," edited by K. Adler, I. Beilin, & E. Tewell. It is one of two chapters in the same text and should be read alongside the introduction, also located in the Academic Works repository.



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