Queers and Allies (Q&A) Round Table

  1. To offer at least two meaningful programs at TLA Annual Conference
  2. To grow membership in the Roundtable by increasing value to Members
  3. To provide a welcoming and supportive community for all LGBTQIA TLA Members
  4. To serve as a resource for Librarians addressing the needs of LGBTQIA patrons

In celebration of its Fifth Anniversary, Digital Frontiers invites members of the digital humanities community to submit proposals sharing their passions as they engage in digital endeavors.  Proposals that discuss how digital researchers situate themselves within this community of practice will be especially welcomed.

Digital Frontiers 2016 is September 22-24, 2016 at Rice University in Houston, hosted by Rice University's Fondren Library and the Humanities Research Center, with sponsorship from the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

We encourage contributions from anyone who creates or uses digital collections or tools for humanities work, including scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. We welcome submissions from local and regional historical and genealogical societies, and anyone working in the public humanities to help us serve the community of practice with which Digital Frontiers identifies.


For complete submission guidelines, view the Call for Proposals.


Deadline: April 15, 2016


For more information, visit the website, or email digitalfrontiers@unt.edu

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Round Table of the Texas Library Association was organized to address interests and issues unique to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender library staff, patrons, and allies. The GLBTRT works to inspire and encourage Texans to affirm and celebrate GLBT-inclusive programs, services, and collections in libraries and communities.

GLBT RT 4-21-16 Business Meeting 1 pm

Requirements for Programs 2017 – Ray Sablack Programing Committee

Annual Assembly is in July in Austin. During this time (7-19-16) all units are given chance to advocate for their programs. Programs are expected to be entered into the database and will need to include:

           Scope notes
           Preferred meeting dates and time (have options)
           Intended Audience
           Programming Levels
           Priority Levels for each program 

Programs will not be approved until 1 month after Annual Assembly. You can ask speakers to place holds on specific dates, but they are all tentative until August.

Programing Tips:

  • Use the active moderator
    • They should be part of the discussion not just someone to introduce a speaker. There should be dialog between the presenters and moderators prior to the session in the weeks/months building up to the conference.  During this time the presenters should be introduced to content and Q&A. They are wanting to limit the amount of projectors and slide presentations. “Great programs do not need to rely on technology”.
  • Do not have a panel for the sake of having a panel.
  • Programs should be 50 or 120 minutes in length except for unusual circumstances.
  • No place holders. Programs should be well considered and documented before being entered into the database.
  • Look for new content areas and speaker with new content.
  • If someone spoke at 2016 conference maybe someone else should speak at 2017.
  • Consider partnerships and cosponsorships. There are no “in name only” sponsorships. There is a financial commitment in all partnerships and cosponsorships.
  • Produce what you are capable of doing.
  • Quality not quantity.

April Wednesday 19th through Saturday 22nd 2017 San Antonio in the new convention center.

For questions on TLA 2017 Conference Terry.Roper@region10.org, Cecilia Barham cbarham@nrhtx.com, or Ray Sablack Raymond.sablack@dallaslibrary.org.      


Spencer Outgoing Chair, Israel Incoming Chair, Kelly possible member, Jenny Past Chair and on Diversity and Inclusion, Cinda possible member, Mark possible member, Ray TLA Programming, Jake acting Secretary, Dale member and Liaison to Executive Board, Greg member, and Jeanette member.

Officer Vote

Spencer addressed the vacancies in officer positions. Open offices are Chair-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Councilor, and Webmaster. Four positions have been agreed to be filled. Jenny has agreed to be Councilor, Amanda Gomez is interested in being Treasurer, Jake has been nominated as Secretary, Adam has been nominated as Webmaster. There have been no nominations for Chair-elect. Spencer suggested work with the board to see if Amanda will take on both Treasurer/Secretary, and have Jake take on the Chair-elect position, as he has filled the role of Secretary for much of the past year and could be considered “in line” for the progressive responsibility. Spencer asked if there were any issues with this and with saying that the other nominations be accepted as uncontested. Per Dale, there are no quorum requirements for unit meetings for TLA, and there doesn’t need to be an election because the slate has been presented and hearing no opposition the slate is elected by acclimation. Spencer asked if there was any opposition or anyone interested to speak out.

Spencer and Israel will discuss with Amanda and Jake the roles being offered and go from there. 

Spencer stated that he and Israel can fill in as alternate Councilors for Jenny if at any time it is needed.


Increase membership – need to look outside of the program as the introduction to the GLBT RT. We can cross promote with other lists such as CULD and joint programing. Raise visibility and build membership are the goals for the year. Meet with other small specialized RTs at Annual Assembly GovDocs, YART, Children’s, Digital, and Technology. 

GLBT RT is able to provide a small financial contribution for co-sponsorship but we need to be careful about that because the RT is new and has a modest budget. 

Make a statement on North Carolina HB2 – advocacy should be in support for our colleagues rather than a negative against the state. There are guidelines that must be followed on making any statements. Spencer is willing to sit on a subcommittee to write such a statement and make sure we are following TLA’s process.

More of a presence at the districts was a goal from last year and there was little interest except for in District 10. Their Keynote Speaker spoke on challenged LGBTQIA materials. Members of different Districts should work with the district councils to make visibility happen. This can be an ongoing goal.

Last Annual Assembly the GLBT RT voted down a proposal to change names to LGBTQIA because it was not in line with the ALA group. The compromise that was come up with at the time was to include the full acronym in all descriptive materials, including the website. Since TLA is the second largest library conference in the world there might be enough support to make a statement on the need for change. Even if we are not able to make the change due to strong institutional reason, there are other gestures that we can make to show the inclusion, i.e. programing, social media, and things like that. The use of the word queer in program titles.

If there are any other goal ideas, please email any of the officers. Their email addresses are linked from the web page.   

Programing ideas

Trans 101 Ray suggested Nell Gifford who worked at Dallas Public Library during her transition. Healthcare and housing issues. – GLBT RT would be happy to co-sponsor.

Preserving and Sharing Lone Star Queer History, such as the Dallas Voice digitization project, TWIT. Connecting to local communities to build those archives. Brian Raydell at Rice is looking at local and private archives to do preservation work and raise awareness. Community newspapers digitization as one panel and a collection development angle could be interesting separate panel.

Preserving Online Communities - ButchFemme.com which is now no longer around, the Dallas Way, Outrageous Oral, etc.

Discuss boycotts associated with North Carolina-type LGBTQIA legislation. Spencer suggested inviting someone from NC to discuss public accommodations for the LGBTQIA patrons in a hostile climate. Do boycotts harm those in the community we seek to protect?  

Openly YA – panel of LGBT authors. One suggestion was the author of Dumplin’, Julie Murphy.  

Ally Training was mentioned as a preconference.

Program Planning and Sharing Meeting 4-22-16 7am

Programs mentioned

Connecting to Communities with Collection Development
Children’s books that speak to different families
Book Challenges on LGBT materials
Ally Training as a preconference
Openly YA (featuring QPOC)
Preserving Lone Star queer history

Programs the GLBTRT are hosting or cohosting at the 2016 TLA Annual Conference

Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Workforce  (with SMART)

                                                                          April 19   3:00 - 3:50 pm  332AD, Level 3

Transforming Services for Transgender Patrons  (with CULD, REFRT, & SMART)

                                                                         April 20   1:00 - 1:50 pm  351CF, Level 3

Diversity in Action with Elementary Literature  (with CRT, Blk Caucus, DI, & LCRT)

                                                                         April 21 10:00 - 11:50 am  362BE, Level 3

GLBT Round Table Business Meeting

                                                                          April 21  12:00 - 12:50 pm  380A, Level 3

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table Social with Houston Gaymers

13 Heights Bar, 1537 N. Shepherd Dr. Houston, TX 77008

                                                                                                       April 21    7:00 - 9:00 pm

Censorship Attempts are Alive and Well: Be Prepared   (with IF Co, 2016 ConfProg)

                                                                          April 22  10:00 - 11:50 am  330B, Level 3

Pride @ Your Library: Quality LGBT Programming
Thursday, April 20th 3-4pm

Come hear from a public librarian, an academic librarian, and a school librarian about some of the challenges and findings of having LGBT Programming at their institutions!



GLBT RT Meet and Greet
Thursday, April 20th 7-9pm
The Brooklynite, 516 Brooklyn Avenue, San Antonio, TX. http://thebrooklynitesa.com/
Come unwind and have a drink with other TLA members! We’ll have a space reserved and a cash bar with drink specials for us!



GLBT RT Business Meeting

Friday, April 21st 12:15-1:15pm

Come join us as GLBT RT Officers get together and pitch ideas for next year. Elections will also occur then; if you are interested in being involved and help shape the future of our growing Round Table, run for office!

To nominate yourself or a peer, visit the following link: GLBT-RT Officers Ballot


Programs the GLBTRT are hosting or cohosting at the 2018 TLA Annual Conference

A Mother’s Story: Discussing Transgender Issues with the Texas Attorney General 

Wednesday, April 4th - 11:15 am -12:15 pm


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender RT Business Meeting

Wednesday, April 4th - 12:30pm -1:15pm


Digital Pride

Wednesday, April 4th - 3pm -4 pm


Rainbow Families: Serving LGBTQ Families in Your Public Library

Thursday, April 5th 1:30pm -2:30 pm


GLBT RT Meet & Greet 

Location: Woody's 

4011 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Thursday, April 5th - 7pm -9 pm

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Welcome to the Queers and Allies Round Table (Q&A RT)

The Q&ARound Table (the GLBT TLA Interest Group until April 2014 and the GLBT Round Table until April 2018) was organized in order to address issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally library staff and patrons. Issues addressed may include fairness and discrimination in personnel decisions and in collections; censorship; collection development; networking; and sharing information.

Created on Apr 2, 2010 | Last updated June 26, 2018