[Eril-l] Core Webinar (2 of 2): Understanding & Fighting Anti-Trans Misinformation

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Core Webinar (2 of 2): Understanding & Fighting Anti-Trans Misinformation

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 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 is the second webinar in a two-part series about
transgender people in libraries. As the transgender population increases in
size and visibility, a resulting backlash has gripped America--and
libraries are in the crossfire. Misinformation campaigns targeting
transgender people are being leveraged as part of a concerted effort to
censor books, displays, and programs; reduce free access for patrons of all
ages; harass or threaten LIS workers; and interfere with or even shut down
the operations of libraries across the country. Thus, LIS workers have a
major stake in understanding and combatting anti-trans misinformation when
they encounter it; but, due to these campaigns' widespread nature, it can
be difficult for the average person to discern between what is fact, what's
fiction, and what's opinion. Learn how and why anti-trans misinformation is
created and spread, how you can distinguish between reliable and unreliable
information, and why LIS workers have a uniquely important part to play in
speaking out against anti-trans misinformation in what prior attendees have
called "the most powerful session I have attended in a while" and "the
first authentic information I've gotten on this civil rights issue."

Learning outcomes:

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


   Define the concepts of cultural narratives and frameworks, and explain
   how misinformation campaigns leverage them to spread misinformation more

   List common American cultural narratives and frameworks about
   transgender people.

   Identify the animating goals of anti-trans misinformation at the root of
   today's misinformation campaigns.

   Distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information about
   transgender people, lives, and experiences.

   Take action to call out and speak up against anti-trans misinformation
   where it intersects with the professional LIS values of access, literacy,
   inclusivity, and equity.

Who should attend?

Administrators and managers seeking guidance in responding to
anti-trans/anti-LGBTQ+ challenges to books, programs, and/or staffing
decisions in their libraries; library workers at all levels seeking to
better understand and fight back against collection, displays, and/or
programming censorship efforts; targeted individual harassment against
library workers; and anti-trans misinformation campaigns.


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.

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