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Supporting Trans People in Libraries

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As trans people (including those on the nonbinary spectrum) start to feel safer expressing their identities in public, libraries are making an effort to show that they welcome people of all gender identities. Yet there are many potential barriers to actively supporting trans people, including lack of knowledge about the needs of the trans community and lack of funding or institutional support. This book, written entirely by trans library workers, is designed to dismantle some of these barriers.

Supporting Trans People in Libraries is relevant for library workers of any background and position. People with little knowledge about trans identities can start with the opening introductory chapters, while those looking for guidance on a specific situation―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―can jump to a particular chapter. For each topic, there are sections on easy fixes, best practices, and example language. Readers can easily adapt the information to benefit their libraries and communities in concrete ways.

About the Author

Stephen G. Krueger he/him or they/them) is the access and outreach services librarian at Randolph College.

Well worth reading for library staff at any level seeking to improve their gender-inclusive practices.

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Library Journal


With browsable sections, engaging and personal writing, and widely useful information, Supporting Trans People in Libraries is an ideal book for all library staff.

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Supporting Trans People in Libraries is an extremely useful checklist to ferret out policies and procedures that may make your library unwelcoming to trans and gender-variant people, with recommendations about how to change those policies. This book is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.

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The Library Quarterly


Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
Pub date: oct 16, 2019
154 pages
Format: Paperback