Meeting the Legal Information Needs of Transgender Library Patrons: Research Findings, Legal Issues, and Cataloging Challenges (B1)

Date/Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Coordinator: Sara Pic, Law Library of Louisiana
Moderator: Jane Larrington, University of San Diego
Speakers: David Melanson, University of Texas; Spencer Keralis, University of North Texas Libraries; Lou Weaver, Equality Texas

Tracks: Collection Development & Cataloging; Reference, Research & Client Services

Widespread awareness of the transgender community is relatively recent in popular culture. Much misunderstanding persists around transgender identity, community, and legal information needs. A researcher will present his recent findings on the state of library services for transgender patrons and his recommendations for best practices. An advocate will speak about the current legal battles facing the transgender community. A cataloger will talk about the historical difficulties in classifying transgender topics and offer recommendations for doing so with respect for the transgender community.

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