On-Demand Transgender People in Libraries Webinar Series (Part Two): Understanding and Fighting Anti-Trans Misinformation
This is the second webinar in a two-part series about transgender people in libraries. Register for the full series at its registration page.
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
library and information science (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."
- Define the concepts of cultural narratives and frameworks, and explain how misinformation campaigns leverage them to spread misinformation more effectively;
- 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; and
- 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
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