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Becoming a Trans inclusive Library - Gender Queer, a Memori - iSchool 501 E Daniel Room 131

The Library Diversity Committee, in collaboration with the iSchool Diversity Committee, are pleased to announce we are the recipients of a Strategic Programs Initiative Funds grant to support programs on “Becoming a Trans Inclusive Library.”

The Strategic Programs Initiative Funds are offered by the Library Executive Committee to support projects advancing one or more strategic directions from the Library Strategic Plan. This award will support a series of brownbag discussions, film screenings, and visiting speakers to raise awareness and understanding of barriers faced by trans patrons seeking library services. Parallel surveys will also be conducted to identify service and professional development opportunities to help the library better serve the UI trans community. Project leads are Spencer D. C. Keralis, Digital Humanities Librarian; Cindy Ingold, Gender Studies and Multicultural Services Librarian; and Kathryn LaBarre, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences.

The program will kick off with three discussion groups this spring.

  1. January 31, 2020: Vocabulary Extravaganza Brownbag

Bring your lunch and join us for a fun exercise to increase the depth and breadth of your gender vocabulary. Learn current usage and historical origins of common terminology. This will help us establish a common vocabulary as a community of practice as we work toward becoming a trans inclusive library. We’ll have some treats and drinks to share as we learn together.

Main Library 428, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Register Here

  1. March 7, 2020: Gender Queer, a Memoir

In March we’re teaming up with the C-U Comics Studies Colloquium to discuss Maia Kobabe’s powerful graphic novel, Gender Queer: A Memoir. Kobabe’s cathartic autobiography addresses questions about gender identity, charting eir path to identifying as nonbinary and asexual, and coming out.

Bread Company, 706 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana, IL, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

  1. April 10, 2020: Pronoun Praxis Brownbag

Bring your lunch to the iSchool to learn more about pronouns, why they’re important, and how to effectively naturalize pronoun use. We’ll have a common scholarly reading to discuss, and will look at resources on pronouns, including example email sigs, best practices for meetings and speaker introductions, and more.

School of Information, 501 E Daniel St, 131, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Registration will open after the March meeting

We’re looking forward to these programs and the conversations they generate in our Library, at the iSchool, and on our campus. If you have ideas to enrich this project, or questions about the grant, please feel free to contact any of the project leads.


Spencer D. C. Keralis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities Librarian

Liaison: Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign


Pronouns: he/they

Friday, April 10, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Event Organizer

Kim Hutcherson

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