Grabbing Tea: Queer Conversations in Librarianship

Starts:  Jun 1, 2020 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Jul 15, 2020 5:00 PM (ET)
For the queer librarians and queer community folks who interface with libraries.

This Litwin Books book project will be a sampling of conversations of theory and practice as it pertains to LGBTQIA librarianship and community engagement in a post-Stonewall era. It will situate readers in conversations that build on a queer past and identify a current state of queer librarianship and community engagement.   

We seek LGBTQIA-identified librarians and community members.
Conversations with: library students, mentors/mentees, library directors, graduate school librarians, residents, doctoral students, children's librarians, school librarians, archivists, liaisons, volunteers, group leaders, artists, writers, filmmakers, cultural producers, podcasters

Conversations representing: public libraries, special libraries, archives, academic libraries, DIY projects, art exhibitions, community centers, and campus groups that interface with libraries and archives.

The call for conversations solicits future hour-long conversation ideas which will be recorded and transcribed over zoom. Submit with a pairing in mind, or we can match you with a conversation partner.

Note on Conversations and how they work

Conversation proposals should describe potential topics in response to the prompts above or related topics. Editors will schedule a date for selected participants to hold a virtual 60-minute conversation. These conversations will be recorded and technical assistance from editors will be provided. Participants will receive transcripts and recordings and editor feedback to produce a summative article including written reflections of no more than 3000 words total for final submission.

Submit using this form.


Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement, NYU Division of Libraries & Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt School of Information

Sara A. Howard, Librarian for Gender & Sexuality Studies & Student Engagement, Princeton University. 



Online Instructions:
Login: Projected Timeline: June 2020 Call for Conversations Disseminated & Info Session July 15, 2020 Deadline for conversation proposals August 15, 2020 Accepted proposal notification August- October 2020 Conversations scheduled (Mondays & Wednesdays @ 12pm EST via Zoom) January 15, 2021 Edited conversation transcripts returned by editors. February 15, 2021 Full Conversation reflections due 1000-1500 words. April 2021 Manuscript preparation begins July 2021 Projected final ma