June 2022 | Volume 70 | Number 3

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Executive Director's Report

"2022 is truly flying by, with summer knocking on our doors and half of the calendar already behind us. For me, the past three and half months have been a blur of new faces, new roles, and an ever-growing to-do list. While it is a lot to digest, I have also gotten to see NYLA take big strides forward, which is exciting and inspires optimism for what is to come. ​"

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Come On Out! LGBTQI+ Librarians Origin Stories

"Albeit this duty of storytelling in our community can be heavy, it is one of the most beautiful attributes of being part of the LGBTQI+ community –– we are inherently non-linear in re-learning our history and re-defining our origin story. Last year, I came across the idea of an "origin story" when it comes to LGBTQ+ people through a TikTok. As queer people, we often have to learn ourselves over and over again throughout the course of our lives because we have the history of a movement on our backs and the weight of suppressing our identities yearning to be slowly unpacked. It's my job to ensure that these histories, these stories, are reflected back accurately and are archived for our members. ​"

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