Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Doing Justice in the Queer Archive: Interrogating the Politics of Inclusion through Primary Sources

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This lesson plan demonstration models best practices relating to the use of queer archives in information literacy instruction for first-year students and the unique learning opportunities provided by this approach. Using primary source materials from the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, students interrogate the politics of inclusion within social movements to inform justice-oriented actions. Particular care is taken to make the activities accessible for students who may lack contextual knowledge of queer history, hands-on experience with primary sources, and who are developing their understanding of the research process.

After a brief introduction to the lesson, attendees will participate in a hands-on activity examining a selection of primary source documents related to the Lavender Menace and the National Organization for Women. This exploration asks participants if and how lesbian activists influenced the women’s movement and uncovers differing goals, tactics, stereotypes and perspectives regarding the women’s movement and lesbian liberation, disrupting the notion of movements as monoliths. By interrogating the rich narratives contained in the queer archive, students understand such collections not as neutral repositories of facts, but as organizations that collect and fashion histories of a particular time and place, shared communal settings, and distinct cultural moments. Whole group discussion will conclude the session.

Although this lesson plan originates from a small liberal arts institution, the ideas and structure can be adapted for many purposes and for use in a wide variety of academic environments. Attendees should be willing to actively participate. Samples of instructional materials, as well as copies of the lesson plan and activities will be available.

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Katherine Curtis

Humanities Librarian, University of Puget Sound
Katy Curtis is a Humanities Librarian at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She received her BA from the University of South Florida, her MA in Modern Languages with a specialization in French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and MLIS from the University... Read More →

Friday July 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
MGH 228 (Seats 35)

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