Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Librarianship in Tough Times
iSchool Presents Online Symposium July 5
Published: June 12, 2023 by Eori Tokunaga
Please join the SJSU iSchool and our keynote speaker, Deputy County Librarian Deb Sica, as we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) librarians and librarianship. This month’s symposium will feature a diverse array of panelists, who bring their expertise in various aspects of the LIS field.
In 1999, the United States officially designated June as Pride month, after years of protests, riots, and movements demanding equality for LGBTQIA+ folks. While Pride month today is seen as a celebration of affirmation, equity, and visibility, it is also important to continue advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and creating space for our underserved community members. (source: uscourts.gov)
Join us for this free online symposium!
Wednesday, July 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time
Register here for this event
Meet Our Keynote Speaker!
Deb Sica: Deputy County Librarian, Alameda County Librarian
Deb Sica, MFA, MLIS, has been in research, education and libraries since 1993. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, Naropa University and San José State University. She has been an archivist, an academic and a public library administrator in both the Texas Gulf Coast and San Francisco Bay Area. She spent the last decades in public libraries working to transform dated, discordant policy into socially just, fully inclusive practice. Sica has been politically active for more than 30 years and continues the fight for equity, diversity and inclusion in libraries and in life. She serves in both PLA and ALA in various roles supporting LGBTQIA+ visibility and celebrates and centers intersectionality in all she does. She now serves as the Deputy County Librarian for Alameda County Library.