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This article explores how self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students use the library located within a culture center on campus serving LGBTQ students, compared to the ways those students use the main campus library. In particular, this study asks how LGBTQ students’ needs of library collections may differ based on where those collections are located. While much has been written about pluralism, diversity, and multiculturalism in the library, there have been strikingly few studies by librarians attempting to work with minority student cultural centers on campus. Through an in-depth survey, this study directly asks LGBTQ students who frequent the LGBTQ Resource Center about their needs and usage habits in each library collection. By learning from the students directly, one can make claims about best practices for outreach, collection development, and information literacy practices specific to LGBTQ students who may have different needs for collections in different spaces.


Originally published here:

Hays, A. (2019) A Question of Space: Surveying Student Usage of LGBTQ Resources in the LGBTQ Student Center Library and the Campus Library, New Review of Academic Librarianship, DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2018.1564336



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