Publications

2011
Mehra B, Braquet D. Progressive LGBTQ Reference: Coming Out in the 21st Century. Special Issue: Learning Landscapes and the New Reality, Reference Services Review. 2011;39(3).
2006
Mehra B, Braquet D. A “Queer” Manifesto of Interventions for Libraries to ‘Come Out’ of the Closet! A Study of “Queer” Youth Experiences during the Coming Out Process(March 2006). Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal [Internet]. 2006;16(1). WebsiteAbstract
Based on qualitative analysis of data gathered during in-depth narrative interviews and informal discussions about "queer" youth experiences with twenty-one "queer" individuals, this paper presents a "queer" manifesto of library interventions in support of "queer" youth during various phases of the coming out process. Important characteristics of coming out are discussed, especially as a life-long process for "queer" individuals to acknowledge their sexuality and share that awareness with others. Significant concerns and challenges faced by "queer" youth during different phases in their coming out experiences provide a context for the identification of library interventions that reflect (and require) extending traditional library functions of information provision as well as fulfilling non-traditional expectations that include proactive social justice efforts for libraries to come out of the closet in support of "queer" youth.
Braquet D, Mehra B. Contextualizing Internet Use Practices of the Cyber-Queer: Empowering Information Realities in Everyday Life. 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology 2006: Information Realities: Shaping the Digital Future For All. 2006;43.