The university library at Linnaeus University is the first university library in Sweden to be LGBTQ certified – an important step in order to be able to better promote everyone’s equal value.
“As a university library, we come into contact with large numbers of people – we meet many students and members of staff every day. We felt that we wanted to invest in more knowledge in order to be able to better defend everyone’s equal value. All visitors should feel comfortable being themselves and we want to meet people as they are, not based on norms and preconceived ideas”, says Linda Sohlberg, section manager at the university library.
All members of staff has gone through training to become better at meeting everyone in an equal way, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression.
“It is about how we meet people, but we have also raised our level of awareness when choosing pictures for our website, to demonstrate diversity. We will use a more conscious language in our texts, where we strive to be neutral and not normative. We are also reviewing the signage in our facilities and how books are arranged and placed in the shelves”, Sohlberg continues.
The office of student affairs at Linnaeus University is already LGBTQ certified and during spring 2019 also the executive office will become certified. The ambition is that all other offices and units at Linnaeus University also should become certified.
So far, no higher education institution in Sweden is fully certified but several have started training programmes.
LGBTQ is an umbrella term for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Source: RFSL The Swedish Foundation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights
Linda Sohlberg, section manager at the University Library, phone 0470-70 84 77, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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