Call for Proposals: “Cataloging Queer Library Issues: A Symposium”

We are seeking proposals for lightning talks for “Cataloging Queer Library Issues: A symposium to honor Walt ‘Cat’ Walker,” a half-day virtual symposium to be held online August 12, 2021.

Lightning talks should be approximately 5 minutes apiece, and can focus on topics relating to any aspect of queer librarianship, especially at academic libraries, including but not limited to:

  • collecting and providing access to materials on LGBTQ+ topics;
  • providing services to patrons from LGBTQ+ communities;
  • archival resources on LGBTQ+ issues and history;
  • metadata and cataloging;
  • activism in library work; etc.

To submit a proposal for consideration, please complete this form with your name and contact information,  and the title and abstract (maximum 500 words) of your proposed presentation. Submissions should be submitted by Friday, June 11. Accepted presenters will be notified by Monday, June 28 and will be asked to provide a slide deck by Friday, July 30.

About the Symposium

This virtual event will highlight various aspects of queer librarianship, including programs, projects, outreach, and initiatives, from areas of academic library and archives work. It will include a keynote speaker (announcement coming soon!) and presentations by representatives from some of the projects that Walt contributed to during his time with us. Information regarding online registration will be forthcoming. We plan to make this event free to as many attendees as we can support.

Walt, better known to friends as “Cat”, was a cataloger and activist, a long-time librarian at Loyola Marymount University, a notable member of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable and of OLAC, and an editorial board member for the Homosaurus. In hosting this symposium, we hope to honor these aspects and areas of Walt’s life and work.

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