Yesterday morning my friend and colleague Lila Denning sent me this text:
Activist patron checking out titles from pride displays. Our head of circ responses with "circulation is up; buy more!"
This comment was in response to a common tactic advocated for by organized groups who know they cannot get away with tying to ban LGBTQ+ materials, so instead they simply use up all of their allotted checkouts going library to library checking out every item from the Pride Month displays.
While this is a good tactic in that we cannot prohibit them from doing this, we can retaliate buy using the increased circulation statistics as a reason for buying even more titles, it is not all you should be doing.
Enter GLADD, the premier LGBTQ+ advocacy non-profit in America, who with help from EveryLibrary have created aa free toolkit for community response and action in regards to Book Bans.
I have copied the information and access link below. There is no library in America that should NOT download this FREE PDF, read it, and help share the information. Everyone is at risk for discrimination and book bans. My friend above, she is in a very Pride friendly community.
|Click here to download the FREE PDF|
Book Bans-- A Guide for Community Response and Action