In 1971, one year after the founding of the ALA Rainbow Round Table, the Stonewall Book Awards were established. Over time, the Round Table and the Awards have expanded and evolved to reflect emergent understanding based on the needs, interests, and lived realities of librarians and the diverse community members they serve. Stonewall Book Awards awards are presented annually to English language works for exceptional merit relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual/ally (LGBTQIA+) experience. Currently they include: the-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award, and the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. In this program, panelists review key milestones of the most enduring awards for LGBTQIA+ books, reflect on trends, discuss implications for collection development, share features of their favorites, and look ahead toward exciting future possibilities.
better understand and appreciate a significant aspect of library history.
locate and use resources to support collection development/diverse user needs.