[Eril-l] Core Webinar (1 of 2): Working with Transgender Patrons & Colleagues

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Core Webinar (1 of 2): Working with Transgender Patrons & Colleagues

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.

Description: This webinar is the first in a two-part series on transgender
people in libraries. An introductory look at gender and gender identity,
this webinar places emphasis on translating knowledge and awareness into
actionable best practices in a library setting. Attendees will come away
with a better grasp of concepts of gender, gender identity, and pronouns,
as well as why it is a vital topic in our society today. Tips for best
practices give attendees concrete actions they can implement in order to
better serve patrons and colleagues across the spectrum of gender
identities in their libraries.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:


   Define conceptual information about gender identity, including: the
   difference between sex assigned at birth and gender identity, the
   difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, terminology such
   as "cisgender" and "transgender," and what pronouns are.

   Articulate why it is important to learn about and incorporate best
   practices about gender-diverse people into day-to-day operations.

   Recognize and challenge unconscious biases in themselves and others in
   regard to the way gender and assumptions about gender influence

   Implement best practices such as: including pronouns in introductions,
   practicing the use of different pronouns, recognizing and addressing
   problematic behaviors such as misgendering.

   Create authentically gender-inclusive spaces for employees and patrons

Who should attend?

Administrators and managers seeking best practices in hiring and retaining
trans/gender-diverse employees; library workers at all levels seeking best
practices in working with trans colleagues and/or serving trans patrons.


Heath Umbreit (they/them), MLIS, is the Adult Services Librarian at Morrill
Memorial Library in Massachusetts. At Drexel University, they earned their
Master’s in Library & Information Sciences, conferred in 2014. Their career
as a librarian spans over a decade; they started as a part-time Circulation
Assistant at their local public library in 2011 before working as a temp
assistant at MIT Libraries (2014-2016), and then as the Information
Services Librarian at Sharon Public Library (2016-2021). Mis- and
disinformation has been a professional and personal interest of theirs for
several years; their study of the phenomenon focuses on a critical
examination of popular narratives about disinformation, the concept of
epistemic supremacy, and the ways in which information and disinformation
intersect with systemic power differentials in American society. As a
nonbinary trans person, Heath intentionally brings a unique perspective to
the field of professional librarianship and centers the values of equity,
access, and social justice in their work.


Registration fees for webinar:  Core Member $57.67; ALA member: $71.10;
Non-member $79.00

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to
the following website:


Core webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration at ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to Core webinars, please
contact Core CE staff at corece at ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*


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