Resources for Librarians in Marginalized Communities

These organizations want you to make your voice heard in the evolution of what it means to be a librarian. There are fun social events, scholarships, grants, internships, scholarly journals, forums, slacks, discord servers, and plenty of opportunities for you!

Que(e)ry – In support of queer libraries/archives, the library/archive workers who run them, the creators who fill them, & the users who love them, since 2010. They offer tons of resources and support that encourage community among queer information workers. Their mission includes promoting awareness for queer libraries, archives and museums.

We Here seeks to provide a safe and supportive community for Black and Indigenous folks, and People of Color (BIPOC) in library and information science (LIS) professions and educational programs, and to recognize, discuss, and intervene in systemic social issues that have plagued these professions both currently and historically.

Asian / Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing leadership opportunities through informed dialogue that addresses the needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander library workers and those who serve these communities.

The Gender Variant LIS network (GVLIS) is a space for trans and gender diverse people to connect with each other. Their scholarly work includes Supporting Trans People in Libraries. If you are a library worker or LIS student who identifies as trans or gender diverse (including but not limited to binary trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, genderfluid, and more), contact info is available for an invitation to the group. Please do not ask to join if you are cisgender.

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to offer two 2 combined academic scholarships with conference subventions for 2022. An academic scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science, in combination with a conference subvention award for attending the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room are included. Awardees who attend the conference will additionally benefit from special programming geared toward first-time attendees and networking with librarians at all career stages and specializations.

The Special Libraries Association also has a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues Caucus (Special Libraries Association) although you must join to be privy to their discussions.  

The Rainbow Round Table
 of the ALA has been active since the 1970s. They were the first LGBT national professional organization!