NC is a no-go: bathrooms, libraries, and the limits of welcoming

Conservation as a profession has been struggling with issues of diversity and what it really means to be inclusive for some time now. With next year’s annual meeting taking place in Texas, this is a particularly relevant read.

Feral Librarian

Text and some of the slides of talk I gave (remotely) at/for TRLN17AM:

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Title slide below. See what I did there?

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The original version of this talk started out with an explanation about why I’m doing this talk remotely  (which is all about HB2 and included several bathroom stories); and then tried to use some of those stories to segue into talking about diversity & inclusion in libraries more broadly. But then this happened yesterday:

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(My slide shows 45’s 3 tweets declaring a ban on transgender people in the military, and includes a pointer to credible data and info on the issue.)

Despite huge amounts of data to the contrary, the president took to twitter to declare transgender service members a burden and a distraction; and to issue a directive that they be denied the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

As a veteran and a member of…

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Saira is a newly fledged book conservator currently based in New York.
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