The Seattle Public Libraries (SPL) is planning to begin using a new tool to target LGBT students, The Seattle Times reports.
The tool, called SPL’s First Responder, will feature posts by members of the public to help LGBTQ people navigate the school’s LGBTQ resource center and other resources, such as the library’s library card and the school resource center.
The SPL is launching a “First Responder” campaign on Facebook.
The campaign will focus on educating students about the LGBTQ community and other LGBTQ-specific resources, including resources on the National LGBTQ Task Force.
“We’ve always had a very open-minded community here, and we’re very happy to be able to engage them in that process,” SPL Director of Diversity and Inclusion Melissa T. Geddes told the Times.
The first responders will be selected through a “competitive, merit-based process.”
The first Responder will focus primarily on LGBTQ-related resources in the LGBTQ Resource Center and on the Seattle Public Schools LGBT Resource Center.
The Seattle Free Press reported earlier this month that SPL has been working with Seattle Public School students to create a “QQ-safe” resource guide.
SPL previously partnered with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to help implement a transgender-inclusive curriculum for students in elementary schools in New York.
The guide, which was developed by the SPL, aims to help schools and communities make better decisions about LGBTQ students.
“As the nation’s most progressive public school district, we need to work together to help protect the safety and security of all our students, our LGBTQ students, and all of our LGBTQ communities,” SPI Director of Programs and Services Lisa K. Hockley told the newspaper.
“That includes making sure our schools have safe and welcoming spaces for our LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students.”
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that the SPLC has received several requests from other local libraries to add LGBTQ resources to their websites.