This Webinar will explore the journey and experiences of the Gulfport Library in creating first LGBTQ Resource Center in a Florida public library. Using our experience we will discuss several aspects of special collection development including: defining and managing a special collection that is unique to the needs of your community, challenges, funding, sustainability, buy-in from government, community stakeholders, and political advocates as well as other tools that will get you excited and motivated to pursue your library’s own path.

Original broadcast August 29, 2018 

Biography ~ Cailey Klasson
Cailey Klasson has been working as the Youth Services Librarian at Gulfport Public Library for the past 6 years. She has enjoyed helping the LGBTQ resource center grow its physical and digital
collection as well as help facilitate programming and events held at the library and in the community.For the past 4 years she has served on the board of directors of The Sonia Plotnick Health
Fund, a non-profit organization that has a special interest in helping women in the LGBT community gain access to health care.

Biography ~ Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson has worked in Public Libraries for over 20 years. She worked for Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries as a shelver, Library Assistant, Library Technical Assistant, and Librarian. More
recently she worked for Pasco County Library System as a Branch Manager. Her priorities changed after the birth of her daughter and she sought a position that would allow her to spend more time at home.
Ms. Johnson joined the Gulfport Public Library in March 2018 as a Special Projects Librarian on a part-time basis. She is currently working on creating a Makerspace for the library, developing programs for
the community, establishing partnerships with local businesses, and training to process passports at the library.

Biography ~ David Mather
David Mather has been working in Florida Libraries for 11 years. In that time, he has worked the gamut of front-line positions from Teen and Reference librarian to Administrator and Director. Since July of
2012 he has been employed as the Director of the Gulfport Public Library (he is also the Director of Information Technology for the City but that’s another story entirely). Since that time, the library has
increased its physical circulation, programs for all ages, program attendance, and launched the first LGBTQ Resource Center and Collection in a public library in Florida. He was named the Florida Library
Association’s Librarian of the Year in 2016 and the Gulfport Public Library was awarded the 2018 GLBTRT Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community by the GLBT round table of the