I found this library through my old job

I found this library through my old job at the Media Arcade in Suzzallo. Acquanda Stanford stopped by to do some research, but before she left, she let me know about this library that she was involved in.

Now featuring: Seattle Black Feminists Library
This includes Black feminism, Black women and Black people who are feminists and Womanists. We also take work done about Black feminists — material that encompasses very strong elements of the above perspectives — such as biographies. Also keep in mind that simply having a Black woman in the narrative — even at the forefront of it — does not make it Black feminist! In other words, no, I would not consider a boxed set of Scandal (yes, I said it) or a Whoopi Goldberg collection as anything that makes it on here.



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Gay City LGBT Library

Thanks to Rose Fraizer for letting me know about this library! As part of Diversity month, I’ve been searching for Seattle-local libraries that represent diverse parts of our community.

Now featuring: Gay City LGBT Library

In 2009, Gay City Health project began to house and staff the LGBT Lending library after the closing of the Seattle LGBT Community Center. Since then, the Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City has grown to a collection of over 7,000 books that cover a wide range of LGBT topics.

The Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City is a valuable community resource. Books, CDs and DVDs are donated by community members, and can be checked out by community members for free with a valid ID. The library is staffed by volunteers, who are available for everything from answering a simple resource question to helping you pick out just the right book to read.


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Margaret Middleton’s Family Inclusive Language

As part of Diversity Month, SLA-UW is highlighting rad libraries we’ve found that exemplify this behavior. If you know of any, please share!

Now featuring: Margaret Middleton’s Family Inclusive Language

Libraries and other information organizations should be a welcoming place for families of all kinds. Utilizing Margaret Middleton’s “Family-Inclusive Langauge Guide”, originally designed for children’s museums, is a great place to start!


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Purdue Librarian Founds First Black Literature Box

Just in time for us to highlight libraries via Diversity Month (although this is so important, we would have anyway), Jamillah Gabriel is launching a monthly literature subscription box written exclusively by black authors!

You can sign up for the service here (it hasn’t launched yet, but you can subscribe to get notified once it is live) and you can learn more about the project here!

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It’s Diversity Month at UW!

It’s November, which mean’s its Diversity Month! The iSchool is especially big on this, and SLA is eager to participate. Look forward to posts and emails from us highlighting inclusive, diverse, and noteworthy libraries all month long.

If you have any libraries you’d like to share, please post here, email us, or all of the above!

Check out UW’s Race and Equity Initiative here

All of our posts will be tagged under Diversity and Diversity Month. Keep these libraries in your thoughts and if you get a chance, see them in person!

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Health Sciences Tour Recap

SLA was lucky enough to arrange and enjoy a tour of the Health Sciences Library at UW on 10.27! The tour was a small success, led by Ann Gleason, the Associate Director of the library. We were joined also by Frances Chu, and Nikki Dettmar.


The tour began with a walk-through of the upper floor of the library, which has been designed as a common study space room. The large expansive area with little walls or barriers facilitates group and solo study with a comfortably low level of chatter. The upper floor also contains many computers available for medical student’s testing, classes, and general use. In addition to these study spaces, there is an off-shoot of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library Writing Center, with tutors who are specifically knowledgeable in medical jargon.


The lower floor was a different space entirely. The study spaces were much more quiet, as the librarians noted that sometimes students shushed them, instead of the other way around. Due to the transfer to online access, the librarians referred to their stacks as the “ever shrinking bookshelves”. Despite this, they can boast a large number of physical journals. As the lower floor gets quieter and darker, there are some books to be found.

We were also able to see how the library is evolving as they move books off site and respond to user’s needs. Including the writing center, the library is transitioning staff cubicles into student-used spaces. Currently, the library is working on establishing an audio-visual recording area (contact the librarians for how to get access to this!) and a media-focused conference room.


After the tour, we had the chance to sit down with the librarians and pick their brains about their current jobs, career trajectories, and how the library functioned within the larger campus environment. We tried to find out exactly what their jobs looked like, but it was difficult to pin down. All the librarians mentioned that if you liked variety, health sciences is a great place to experience it.

While the job description varies for these librarians, I have tried to make a rough outline. Their jobs include school related things, orientation, teaching students how to search, etc., publishing (conferences, systematic reviews – which are literature reviews but incredibly more intensive, from what I gathered), administrative duties (assessment, user experience), and reference.

It was a wonderful, knowledgeable experience, and SLA is very grateful to have hosted it. If you were not able to make it to the tour, we encourage to you to look around the health sciences website, or any of the resources listed below. As an additional plug, Ann Gleason teaches an online health science library course in the spring, so be sure to look out for LIS 528 HLTH SCI INFO!

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Special Library Association, 2016/7 Edition

Welcome to our new and returning students! We are your Special Library Association, here at the University of Washington.

Your UW SLA officers for the 2016-2017 year are:

Chair: Anna Greiner-Shelton
Treasurer: Jennifer Wineland
Communications Officer: Nicole Sonett
Secretary: Robin Ford
Distance Representative: Sheana Corbridge

Get to know us a bit better here, or email us!

This year, you can find us at our booth during the iWelcome Week fair, or at the Garden Party we’re hosting on Wednesday, September 28th from 3pm to 5pm at the Grieg Garden. We’re excited to get to know you and learn more about your interests.

In previous years, UW SLA worked to host library crawls and tours of libraries in the Seattle area. We are looking to continue this tradition and open up the opportunity for you to hold them in your area, if Seattle is not too local. Special Library Association is a nation wide association, with regional chapters. We encourage you to get involved on a local level, meet librarians and students in your area, and discover special libraries. To find a chapter in your area, click here.

In addition to library crawls and tours, we’re looking to host informal happy hours, cafe chats, and online get togethers. We want to help you make connections and discover the different types of libraries that are all around us.

Over the course of the year, we will be posting and communicating via listserves, facebook, and instagram so be sure to keep an eye out!

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