University’s Pride Library comes out of the shadow

cathyp writes “From today’s Toronto Star:

In an ordinary Canadian library, if Andrew George searched for a book with the keyword “bears,” the computer system would list all the volumes dealing with a large furry animal.

Not at the University of Western Ontario’s new Pride Library, where the information popping up would be about a unique subculture hairy and heavy gay men.

And if the third-year comparative literature student wants to research drag queens, he can save himself the hassle of figuring out the keywords he’d need in the standard academic system: “impersonator, female.”

That’s because a unique search engine that accommodates “queer lingo” is among the features of the collection that will open officially today as Canada’s first library devoted to the academic study of “diversexuality.”

Story here.