Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging Transgender and Nonbinary Library Staff


A PLA 2022 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

PLA 2022 Virtual Conference logo. Do you wish your library staff was more diverse? Spoiler alert: wishing isn’t going to solve your problem. Come hear from transgender and nonbinary library staff and managers about what makes an agency or position attractive, how a workplace can be inclusive and welcoming, and ways employers can recognize the value of transgender and nonbinary staff at all levels.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference on March 23, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Review and revise job postings and recruitment strategies to make these tools more inclusive and attractive to transgender and nonbinary applicants;
  • Evaluate their library’s spaces, policies, and practices to make their agency more welcoming to transgender and nonbinary staff; and
  • Create a training plan to ensure current and future staff and other library stakeholders understand what gender identity is, why it matters in the library, and why having transgender and nonbinary staff is beneficial to the community.


Elsworth Carman is the Director of the Iowa City Public Library, and has worked in libraries in Washington, DC; Oak Park, IL; and Ocean County, NJ. With a career-long focus on hospitality and access, Carman has extensive experience presenting on and writing about transgender-inclusive books for youth, serving queer populations, creating welcoming public spaces, and hospitality in libraries.

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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your access to this on-demand webinar, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) prior to registering so we can attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Tech Requirements

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This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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