Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan Opens ALA Annual with Celebration of Pride

June 27, 2015

Kaplan, a litigator and partner with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison, and an adjunct professor of law at Columbia University School of Law, rose to prominence with the 2013 case United States v. Windsor, in which the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. In an exclusive interview with … Continue reading Roberta Kaplan Opens ALA Annual with Celebration of Pride


By Ann K. Symons and John "Mack" Freeman

Serving Everyone

June 24, 2015

LGBT librarians and the LGBT community are not responsible for making excellent library services happen. It is the responsibility of all of us who hold strong the values of librarianship: access, equity, intellectual freedom, and diversity. LGBT patrons and their allies want their privacy protected from prying eyes (which libraries already do well); the ability … Continue reading Serving Everyone


The author (wearing a tie) at the reference desk before her transition.

A Lot to Feel Proud About

June 3, 2015

In late 2006, after many stops and starts, I finally got up the nerve to change my gender to female and began living my life as a woman. As libraries have changed and evolved, I’ve been changing and evolving right along with them. I have been very fortunate throughout my transition from male to female; … Continue reading A Lot to Feel Proud About


Libraries as Safe Spaces

December 11, 2012

Without a doubt, the past decade has experienced a sea change in favor of LGBTQ rights. During the 2012 election, voters decided on a series of landmark ballot initiatives at the state level that championed marriage equality; a sitting president (and vice president) has for the first time voiced support for same-sex marriage; and the … Continue reading Libraries as Safe Spaces