The Library #ideadrop house will return this year again to connect the energy of the library community with the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit pervasive in Austin for salon-style conversations in our library living room on March 7-11, 2014. Vist in person or on the live stream here. All times listed are local Austin time/ Central time.

E-Resources and Libraries (ER&L), ProQuest and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are joined in Austin by an awesome group of orgs representing libraries, archives and museums. Meet them all.

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Monday, March 10 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Reducing Isolation in LGBT Communities

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Reducing Social Isolation of LGBT Seniors and Youth Through Technology, Centers and Libraries

From homeless LGBT youth to LGBT seniors who have been rejected by their families, this panel will explore the range of issues the youngest and oldest members of the LGBT communities face and how technology, centers and libraries may serve as the best partners to reduce isolation and homelessness. 

In some of the most rural portions of the US, libraries have served as neutral information hubs for LGBT seniors and youth where other community resources fall short or are censored such as schools or free wifi hotspots. The rise of the Internet and social media have only accelerated the decrease in the isolation that has long been a part of the LGBT experience but many LGBT communities are still suffering.

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John Chrastka

Executive Director, EveryLibrary
John Chrastka is a founder and executive director of EveryLibrary, the first Super PAC for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy and tax policy think tank for libraries. EveryLibrary runs SaveSchoolLibrarians.org, a digital advocacy site focused on school library budgets and the future of school librarianship. They provide pro... Read More →
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Robert Espinoza

Senior Director, Public Policy & Communications, Sage
Robert Espinoza is the Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the country’s largest organization focused on improving the lives of LGBT older people. In this capacity, he established and guides SAGE's national advocacy... Read More →
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Jama Shelton

Forty to None Project Director, True Colors Fund
For more than a decade Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness. After receiving a master of social work in 2004, Shelton began a nine-year stint at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing and... Read More →

Dr. Imani Woody

President and CEO, Mary's House for Older Adults Inc
Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, a developing LGBT friendly residential housing in Washington, DC. She has a PhD in Human Services specializing in non-profit management. Her thesis: Lift Every Voice: A Qualitative Exploration... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 10AB Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez Street

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