HomePAARL Research Journalvol. 9 no. 1 - Special Anniversary Issue (2023)

Gender Inclusivity of Library and Information Services

Daniel S. Balbin, Jr



Purpose/objectives. This study assessed the inclusivity of Benguet State University (BSU) Library in terms of services, collection, personnel, and facilities and likewise determined the significant difference in the perceived inclusivity across genders. Significance of the study. Evaluating inclusivity among libraries is vital to ensure compliance of libraries with the mandates of the Library Bill of Rights. Design, methodology, approach. The study employed descriptive-quantitative design, specifically making use of a survey, to gather the perception of both the cisgender and LGBTQ students towards the inclusivity of the library’s collection. The data were treated using descriptive and inferential statistics, specifically mean score, ranking, and ANOVA. Findings. The findings showed that the library is proficiently inclusive, exceeding expectations on inclusive library practices. Specifically, the library facilities earned an exceptional rating followed by library services and personnel which both obtained a proficient rating. However, the library collection was perceived to be the least inclusive. The study also revealed a significant difference in the perceived inclusivity of library users where cisgender library users viewed the library as more inclusive compared to LGBTQ or non-binary library users. Research limitations and implications. This study implies that the library must maintain proficiently inclusive library practices in its facilities, services, and personnel, and improve the library collection. Originality of the paper. This paper presents new findings on library inclusivity in the context of BSU which opens the discussion of gender-safe spaces in libraries.