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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30559

Title: Big Gay Library: An Ethnography of the Pride Library at the University of Western Ontario
Authors: Cooper, Danielle
Advisor: Hartel, Jenna
Department: Information Studies
Keywords: LGBTQ
queer
ethnography
library
archive
Pride Library
University of Western Ontario
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2011
Abstract: Officially founded in 1997, the Pride Library is a pioneering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) Canadian information-based organization. Although located within D.B. Weldon Library at the University of Western Ontario, the library maintains a primarily grassroots framework. The Pride Library case study reflects a tradition within LGBTQ communities towards preserving and disseminating information otherwise marginalized by larger society. Operating outside of conventional professional informed and institutionally-dominated models, LGBTQ communities create unique grassroots information organizational contexts. In order to develop a deeper understanding of LGBTQ information organizations, an ethnographic study of the Pride Library was developed. The thesis addresses the library’s use patterns, and approaches to space, materials and labour relations. Findings demonstrate that the Pride Library is not only valued for providing LGBTQ-specific information resources, but also for creating a symbolically significant, socially-oriented and community-based LGBTQ environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30559
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