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Mmessage resources are needed that point providers and students to other GLBT providers and students for general information sharing, socializing hoards peers, and referrals. Also mentioned was the need to mewsage access to legal data Bisexual message boards the personal rights of the GLBT professional, including employment discrimination, partner's rights in obtaining benefits, and other domestic life emssage. Some commented that because not all medical librarians are comfortable with exploring GLBT topics, special reference services are needed. One hundred and fifty respondents 79 of them GLBT persons addressed the questions concerning Bisfxual medical reference services can be changed so as to be perceived as GLBT-friendly and how access for this population can be enhanced.

Advertising or displaying within the library the presence messaeg special resources for the GLBT health mesage and health consumer messabe indicated as one way boarrds start. Having GLBT and pro-diversity pamphlets, signs, stickers, rainbow flags, or posters displayed as prominently as any other material and having showcases and messags on GLBT issues and events was also stressed. Displaying an equal access statement in addition to appropriate declarations on the library Web page expressing support of GLBT persons and a commitment to be sensitive to the needs of all persons may also be beneficial.

Librarians should be open, nonjudgmental, accepting, caring, and willing to help. Asking the patron if the information being sought is intended for a GLBT audience or patient was also proposed. Easily found resources on sexuality and sexual and gender orientation would be particularly helpful to those patrons unable to directly ask a librarian for help. Posting useful Websites containing GLBT health information on commonly used medical and general librarian email discussion groups along with posing questions on these themes can increase awareness as well as inform people of good resources.

Reference services should respect the privacy and confidentially of the patron. One person felt that it might be a good idea to provide to medical librarians the option of referral to another, more comfortable, colleague if they are uncomfortable in dealing with GLBT topics. Diversity training in professional schools might help the recently graduated health care provider and medical librarian to be comfortable in serving the needs of all peoples. Similar topics given as courses for continuing professional development may be appropriate for established practicing professionals. No respondent reported having a negative experience with a medical librarian when requesting help on a GLBT topic.

There were many positive reference interactions reported by 50 persons, of which 21 were GLBT persons. The following were typical remarks: Many patrons were thankful for respectful, confidential, nonjudgmental assistance. Teenagers were very happy to get information about homosexuality from the librarian because they felt they could not ask parents or school counselors. One information specialist found that email reference help tended to make the interaction easier and more positive since the patron could question quite directly without being or worrying about being confronted with any judgmental looks or words from the librarian.

Some of the general comments illuminated the subject of this report. For those medical librarians in academic settings, I think it is very important to present a GLBT-friendly face to medical students and residents. This is the time when GLBT students are forming important opinions about the profession they are entering. Furthermore, and more importantly, it is the time when so many of our colleagues are forming or solidifying the ingrained biases and homophobia that have characterized and, in fact, Bisexual message boards our profession. Open access to GLBT issues in a professional manner Bisexual message boards an important message—intolerance is no longer acceptable. Having a GLBT friendly reference librarian would increase the likelihood that they would be able to research issues that arise.

Although the survey sample is not a random one, the authors believe that the large sample size ensures credibility for the data, which they consider to be important and representative. Most GLBT persons responded that they believed GLBT people have special information needs, as did the majority of non-GLBT participants, although there was a highly significant difference in the responses of these two groups among nonlibrarian health care professionals. This difference may be the result of unawareness on the part of non-GLBT persons or a belief that their needs are being met with traditional library services.

Similar, though less statistically significant, results were obtained in answer to whether GLBT health care professionals also have special information needs. When asked if GLBT health professionals have need of GLBT-friendly reference services, a clear majority of respondents believed they did, although again with a highly significant difference in response between GLBT and non-GLBT nonlibrarian health care professionals, probably for the same reasons as given above. There can be no question but that the GLBT population has unique information needs as demonstrated above and that the GLBT health provider needs and deserves to be assured of easy access to this information in order to provide quality care to all of his or her patients.

Additionally, the clinician may need to procure information concerning the sometimes homophobic, hostile society and even medical peer group within which the professional must work [ 1617 ]. Less than half of medical librarians and students reported being approached for help with a topic where the concept of being GLBT was involved. It would appear that the majority of medical librarians participating in this survey were quite aware or attuned to the possibility of special needs in a GLBT patron. Many of the non-GLBT, nonlibrarian health care professionals surveyed, however, appear to be unaware or unsure of special needs in the GLBT population. GLBT and pro-diversity pamphlets, signs, stickers, rainbow flags, or posters in addition to showcases and exhibits on GLBT issues and events were noted as constructive ways to create a GLBT-friendly environment.

Other useful ways to make the library more user friendly to GLBT patrons include having free bookmarks with GLBT related titles or special subject areas, distributing book and video lists of GLBT titles, arranging book jackets of recent acquisitions on bulletin boards, providing research guides or pathfinders that summarize the different types of GLBT information available, compiling a union list of GLBT-related books and periodical subscriptions, and publicizing the availability of GLBT-related materials in the library's newsletter or other printed media, such as local or regional GLBT newspapers [ 18 ].

Providing good GLBT resources that address the many previously presented information requirements of this group within the library, as well as supplying quality links on library Web pages, would clearly indicate to interested patrons that their needs are being recognized. One frequently overlooked section of the GLBT population is middle-aged and older adults. Unfortunately, this segment of the aging population has not only remained invisible but also has to contend with persistent myths and stereotypes. As a result, many such persons encounter barriers to receiving proper medical and mental health care [ 19 ].

The librarian could provide access to information important to the aging GLBT population on topics such as depression and suicide, vision impairment, partner loss, visitation rights, and other issues of advancing years. Perhaps the main reason that a GLBT health professional would prefer to approach a known GLBT librarian is the almost certain knowledge that the librarian would not display prejudice toward the health professional's particular sexuality or information requirement. Even without these positive displays of support, medical librarians, by providing friendly, caring, accepting, nonjudgmental, and confidential services, can do much to supply both the GLBT clinician and patient with appropriate reference resources.

Librarians and libraries are uniquely individual and all of them must constantly assess and seek to improve their current methods of, approaches to, and marketing strategies for information delivery to all patrons. Subscribing to this journal might be an excellent start in the process of making one's library a GLBT-friendly place. Although the National Library of Medicine subscribes to this publication, it is not indexed in Index Medicus. Perhaps like other special groups medical journals such as Journal of the American Medical Women's Association and Journal of the National Medical Association, this journal will one day also be indexed so that appropriate citations will potentially be seen by PubMed searchers.

Working with such an individual demands certain skills that may not have been addressed in library school and may, in fact, be beyond the comfort level of the information professional.

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In such instances, it may be most prudent to honestly express lack of knowledge or discomfort with the topic and refer the patron to a colleague who would be more at ease. If no one is available, pointing out other sources of information, including another library, may be of great help to the patron. If this is not done, the patron will most assuredly sense the librarian's unease and may very well never again Bisexual message boards such a question of that librarian, or perhaps of any information professional. It was quite Virgin pussey images to note that most encounters between clinicians and medical librarians were positive and productive.

Almost all the information professionals expressed the desire to serve all patrons, regardless of which particular group s the patron might belong to. The vast majority were quite comfortable in being approached with a reference question that involved a GLBT concept. It Bisexual message boards hoped that data gathered from the survey participants will serve to bring awareness to readers of this report and potentially help them to further enhance their efforts to serve the information needs of all patrons. Anonymity of all participants will be respected.

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