"Scholarship on LGBTQ rights in library and information science remains lamentably underdeveloped. This research excavates the hidden history of the American Library Association's Task Force on Gay Liberation between 1971 and 1986. Despite rampant legal and extralegal discrimination, the TF's members and their allies refused to remain invisible, second-class citizens; they embraced voluntary, grassroots, democratic action. This research develops the concept of communities of protest information practices (PIPs). It adumbrates a framework comprising four PIPs that distinguished the TF's work: performative, communal, constructive, and corrective. These practices constituted vital ontological and epistemological interventions in heteronormative librarianship. This research provides a robust conceptual framework to examine not only LGBTQ people, but also other marginalized groups' protest work".
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"Poole's "'Tearing the Shroud of Invisibility'" builds a comprehensive, well-delineated and deeply researched historical picture of an under-investigated branch of library history, LGBTQ rights. It launches an ambitious conceptual framework for understanding protest practices from 1971-1986 by the American Library Association's Task Force on Gay Liberation as forms of community practice and information practice in themselves. The language of the article is vivid and the argument is sophisticated in its multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature. The final gesture it makes of suggesting how the concepts it builds might help “illuminate the social justice work of other marginalized and oppressed groups” makes the article’s significance reach beyond its own area of study".