is it necessary?


So, I'm hunting around today for information on providing library instruction to non-native English speakers (something that is less theory and frightening very much practice for me now). At any rate, I googled onto a bibliography of library instruction for diverse populations. One such population is the LGBT community. Most items were generic education theory for the queer, but one item was library specific.
To wit:

McDowell, Sara. "Library Instruction for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered College Students." In Teaching the New Library to Today’s Users: Reaching International, Minority, Senior Citizens, Gay/Lesbian, First Generation, At-Risk, Graduate and Returning Students, and Distance Learners, edited by Trudi E. Jacobson and Helene C. Williams, 71-86. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2000.

Too bad my library doesn't own this book, as I'm rather curious (pun intended). The annotation, however, sounds like some serious pandering to niche markets:

This chapter describes the campus environment for LGBT students and discusses academic libraries’ services to LGBT students. It begins with collection building to meet LGBT needs and then moves to library instruction. Instructional strategies include displays, bibliographies and pathfinders, and workshops. References included.

Oh, we should have workshops! And making pathfinders, who would have thought? And displays are helpful. Gee, I'm glad Sara McDowell came along. I'm hoping this is a case of bad summaries, otherwise, it sounds a bit like a waste of paper.


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