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Trends of LGBTQIA+ Community Resources in West Bengal's Higher Education Institutions

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Item Code: HAT471
Author: Barnali Roy Choudhury
Publisher: Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata
Language: English
Edition: 2024
ISBN: 9789382112976
Pages: 143 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)
Other Details 8.5x5.5 inch
Weight 276 gm
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About the Author

Dr Barnali Roy Choudhury is serving the knowledge society as anAssistant Professor inthe Department of Library and Information Science, Netaji Subhas Open University. She was formerly the librarian at Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College. She secured the University Gold Medal (2011) and a Doctoral Degree (2019) in library and information science from the University of Burdwan. She has several national and international publications in her account. She is the author of the book entitled "Resource Optimisation" published by UNESCO.

Additionally, she is involved in various projects funded by different National and International bodies that address a range of emerging issues, including open access, the creation of institutional policies for OER repositories and open access, virtual learning environments for LIS education, and the accessibility and availability of resources for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Her areas of interest include knowledge organisation, information retrieval, ontology, and open access initiatives. To guarantee that everyone has access to high-quality education, she has created institutional OER repositories at NSOU, UPRTOU, WBSU, and BOU as part of her exceptional work in open access practices. She signed up to be a reviewer for several foreign publications, such as the UK Open University.


The verse that is presented is from the Hindu book known as the Mandükya-upaniṣad. "There is neither female nor male, nor neuter, nor is there any union of these two (i.e., male and female) entities," the verse states in translation. "This is the attribute of Brahman's Absolute Reality." The verse reflects the Advaita Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy, which emphasises the ultimate truth of Brahman and the unity of all things. According to the passage, gender is a social construct and the fundamental essence of existence is not limited by these divisions. It is a potent declaration that emphasises the universality of the human experience while challenging the conventional binary notion of gender.

In the society we inhabit today, the LGBTQIA+ community still facing many forms of exclusion/ ostracism. Even if they recently received the required social security benefits as their rights, our mentality prevents them from being fully assimilated into the community.


lamhappy towrite a foreword to the worthy book which is the outcome of a research project undertaken by Dr. Barnali Roy Choudhury, Faculty member of Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS), School of Professional Science (SPS) Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU), West Bengal. Theresearch project titled "Availability and Accessibility of Resources for LGBTQIA+ Community in Higher Education: With Special Reference to University Libraries in West Bengal".

The contents of this work is a multidisciplinary nature and covered exclusively two important topics of LGBTQIA+ Community and Resources. I am further happy since the book is written by Dr Barnali Roy Choudhury, Assistant Professor, DLIS, NSOU titled "Trends of LGBTQIA+ Community Resources in West Bengal's Higher Education Institutions" (ISBN 978-93- 82112-97-6). Dr Barnali Roy Choudhury, Gold Medalist in MLIS from Burdwan University, West Bengal and currently Assistant Professor, DLIS NSOU. She has also worked for UNESCO and Commonwealth Funded Project.

Homosexuality was treated as a crime as per Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC), later on,6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India announced its landmark humanistic declaration by removing that portion of section 377 of the IPC, and homosexuality among adults is not regarded as criminal offence anymore. Following this, it is legally established that gender is beyond the binary. Libraries are regarded as gateways of knowledge and cultures, so, the motto is tofulfil all types of users' thirst for knowledge.

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