Supporting Trans People in Libraries, 1st Edition

  • Stephen G. Krueger
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440867062
  • ISBN-13: 9781440867064
  • DDC: 027.60973
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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As trans people (including those on the nonbinary spectrum) start to feel safer expressing their identities in public, many libraries are making an effort to show that they welcome people of all gender identities. Yet there are a lot of potential barriers to actively supporting trans people, including lack of knowledge about their needs and lack of funding or institutional support. This book, written by trans library workers, is designed to dismantle some of these barriers and is relevant for library workers of any background/position. Introductory chapters are for people with little knowledge about trans identities, while later chapters address specific situations-such as adding all-gender restrooms, interacting respectfully with trans coworkers, deciding what information to require on library card applications, writing inclusive job postings, making collection development decisions, and more. For each topic, there are sections on easy fixes, best practices, and example language.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How to Read This Book.
1: Trans 101.
2: Pronouns and Other Language.
3: Personal Information.
4: Restrooms.
5: Job Postings and Interviews.
6: Library Employees and Coworkers.
7: Conferences and Other Events.
8: Patron Complaints and Employee Objections.
9: Library Schools.
10: Academic Libraries.
11: Access Services.
12: Collection Development.
13: Conclusion.
About the Author.