How can we make libraries more inclusive for people who are trans or nonbinary? In this session we will share practical recommendations from VCU Libraries' 2018 gender-inclusive library workgroup report, and our subsequent work to implement the recommendations in the report. The presenters will help attendees brainstorm small to large changes to library spaces, services, systems, and staff training that can create a more affirming environment at their organizations.
Steve Barkley oversees circulation, access services, and creative technology at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at VCU. He is creating spaces and services devoted to creative work with audio and video, hands-on making and prototyping, and emerging technologies.
Community Engagement Librarian, Donna E. Coghill, is the library liaison to several campus units including the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management, the Division of Community Engagement, the Division of Student Success, and Student Accessibility and Education Opportunity. For the university and in the Central Virginia community, Donna has been an active voice for equality, diversity and change, focusing most of her efforts on advocacy for the LGBTQIA community.
Teresa Doherty oversees a consolidated service point in a 24 hour library, ensuring that students, researchers, and visitors have access to the resources they need to be academically successful. She is a member of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and presents on academic freedom and patron privacy; she also tweets about staplers, jigsaw puzzles, book return bins, and databases for the @VCUCabell account.
Leading the Digital Engagement department, Erin White directs the strategy for web infrastructure, digitization, digital collections and digital scholarship for VCU Libraries. Deeply interested in the intersection of social justice and the digital world, Erin presents and writes about library IT management, user experience, and diversity and inclusion in libraries and technology.