How to Build LGBTQIA+ Centered Spaces, Programs, and Services

Create a more equitable and affirming space for everyone by learning how to build LGBTQIA+ centered programs and practices




Extend your learning and save more by pairing this course with its companion course, Tools and Strategies for Managing Frontline Challenges—starting Oct. 20. View bundle discounts registration.


Course Description 

Guest speaker sessions via Zoom:
Thursdays, November 10, 17, and December 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET (recordings available)

Asynchronous, facilitator-led workshop over 3 weeks

Create a more equitable and affirming space for everyone by learning the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities of the LGBTQ+ community.

Research shows that programs, partnerships, practices, and curricula that center LGBTQ+ people benefit heterosexual and cisgender people, too. This course will teach you how to navigate difficult conversations and advocate for LGBTQ+ people, books, and programs, even and especially in the face of censorship challenges. You will also learn how to develop robust LGBTQ-centered programs and instruction alongside strategies for building connections with your local queer community.

You’ll complete workshop assignments over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—rich supporting materials you can explore at your own pace, including a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors, readings, activities, and videos.

Our transformational online courses have given thousands of librarians the tools and vision for meaningful change. The live sessions run on Thursdays, November 10, 17, and December 1, 2022 from approximately 2:00-4:00 pm ET (recorded for on-demand viewing) with an ongoing facilitator-led workshop over 3 weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity!




When you sign up early, you’ll have immediate access to our Early Access On Demand Resources—a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors along with rich, supporting materials in the form of readings, activities, and videos—to explore at your own pace.

Who should take this course

Any educator or librarian who wants to center LGBTQIA+ people in their programs, instruction, and services and who would benefit from a deep dive into advocating for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ materials and topics, building and maintaining partnerships within the queer community, and using queer methods to reimagine best practices for the classroom and library. 

Live sessions are also available on demand 

Can’t make a live session? All guest speaker sessions are recorded and available on demand following the initial broadcast.

Certificate of completion provided 

15 professional development credits are available

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Group Rates

Have a team attend and increase your impact!

Discounted registration fees are available for groups of 3 or more. When you register your team for our online courses, they will be placed in the same small workshop group, where discussions and project-based assignments receive feedback from an experienced librarian.

Send us a request for a quote.

If your group prefers to work separately, just let us know.


Curriculum Advisor


Jennifer Tullos, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Tullos (she/her) is a content developer, researcher, and educator in English and the Humanities working to advocate for equity-centered programs and practices. She holds a PhD in English from Illinois State University with an emphasis in queer young adult literature, queer theory, and pedagogy and currently serves as the Director of Online Courses for Library Journal and School Library Journal. Dr. Tullos has over 13 years of experience teaching and developing curricula in educational, nonprofit, and corporate contexts. As a queer scholar and educator, she strives to bring queer pedagogical and theoretical tenets into her everyday life and loves helping others queer their classrooms, work cultures, reading practices, and more! 



Rebecca Oxley 

Rebecca Oxley (she/they) is the Librarian III of the Greenbelt Branch of the Prince George’s Memorial Library System in Maryland. She earned her MLS from the University of Maryland as an Information in Diverse Populations Scholar in 2012, and taught in Prince George’s County Public Schools as a Media Specialist and Technology educator prior to becoming a public librarian. They are the author of several peer-reviewed journal and practitioner magazine articles. They serve on PGCMLS’s LGBTQ+, Teen Services, and Digital Navigation teams, the Maryland Library Association’s newly created LGBTQ+ Interest Group, and is on the executive board of The LGBTQ Dignity Project. She specializes in graphic literature, and is an active founding committee member of the Black Eyed Susan Book Award for Graphic Novels.



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Course Format

One-Week Timeline (Course Runs 3+ Weeks)

DAYS 1-2

On Demand


2.5 hours

DAYS 4-7

1-2 hours (optional)



- Resources

- Discussions

- Bonus Content


- Guest speakers via webcast

- Q&A via chat

- Recordings available on demand


- Project-based homework, applied to your job

- Personalized feedback from a facilitator

- Group discussion in a workshop setting


- Facilitator-led feedback


Gather data and set goals


Identify gaps and priorities


Synthesize your action plan




Inspiring Live Guest Speakers + Facilitated Group Workshop for Project-Based Learning



Live session with Andrea Blackman and Tasneem Ansariyah Grace

Live Guest Speakers Each Week

  • Engage with presenters via live video stream, visual presentations, and chats
  • Map out your own initiatives with guidance from an expert advisor
  • Leave with refined, robust strategies designed to make a lasting impact on your community
  • Workshop tangible approaches to your work with input from peer groups


Online Course Features


Recordings of guest speakers

Recordings Available After The Live Session

  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live video stream (with recordings available afterward)
  • Instructor-led online course features personalized interaction over 3+ weeks


Facilitator-led workshop

Online Classroom Organizes All Materials

  • Workshop assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment in the workshop to help sort out challenges
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums


Early Access On Demand Resources

Resources To Support Learning

  • Supporting resources (articles, videos, worksheets) in the online classroom to provide a foundation for your work
  • Access all course content for six months after the course ends
  • Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses and other bonus content



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Full program will be announced soon.



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