Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
Thursday, October 5 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Queering the Stacks: LGBTQ Young Adult Literature

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When John Donovan's novel I'll Get There: It Better Be Worth the Trip was published in 1969, it was considered to be one of the first mainstream novels for teens about homosexuality. Ths was important, because it gave gay teens a chance to see themselves in literature, however, it also sparked a controversy surrounding the appropriateness of LGBTQ themes in children's and young adult literature. However, in the last 38 years, tremendous progress has been made towards portraying characters in young adult literature that accurately reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community. But there is still lots to do. As society has changed, so has the the number of teens between the ages of 13-17 who identify as LGBTQ. However, according to Human Rights Campaign's groundbreaking 2017 study, Growing Up LGBT in America, nearly half of LGBTQ teens feel they are disconnected from their communities, in comparison to only sixteen percent of non-LGBTQ teens. This is troubling! How can libraries help to provide support to LGBTQ tweens and teens? In particular, how do the books on the shelves either support or discourage a sense of belonging for young people? This presentation will provide an in depth insight on the evolution of GLBTQ history, a brief look into the literature over the decades and highlight some resources that we, as librarians, educators and readers, should use when evaluating and implementing literature and programs into their libraries.


Molly Hazelton

MLIS students, St. Catherine University
Molly Hazelton is a student in the SLMS Certificate Program at St. Catherine University. An accomplished archivist, she received her MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Molly loves to teach, and is pursuing her SLMS certificate so that she can make a difference!

Chayse Sundt

MLIS students, St. Catherine University
Chayse Sundt is a graduate student in the St. Catherine University MLIS Program, where he is focusing on youth librarianship. He has volunteered in youth programs and worked as a youth community engagement intern with the Anoka County library system. He is currently chair of the MLIS... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am CDT
Meeting Room 104