Queer library workers face the decision of how and when to express their gender identities and sexual orientations at work. In what ways does being “out” in the library workplace impact our work? This coauthored chapter brings together the perspectives of two academic librarians, a current LIS grad student, and an academic library administrator to provide multiple ways of seeing the complexities of expressing gender identity and sexual orientation in the library workplace. We discuss the intersection of library values, politics, change management, patron interactions, and work environments.
Fisher, Zoe, Stephen Krueger, Robin Goodfellow Malamud, and Ericka Patillo. “What It Means To Be Out: Queer, Trans, and Gender Nonconforming Identities in Library Work.” In Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization, 71–90. Chicago, IL: ACRL Publications, 2019.