Library Stock of Interest to Transgender People

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2006 National LGBT Conference
25 July 2006

Conference understands that, although books and other written materials of interest to transgender people do get published, their print runs are often limited, they go out of print quickly, and they are not widely advertised around the library and bookseller world.

In addition Conference believes that although films, videos and DVDs of interest do exist, it is difficult to find out where to get hold of them. In the same way, the existence of relevant websites is not always known by library and information reference staff who then cannot point inquirers in the right direction. And now that e-learning and other electronic forms of information dissemination are being developed it is important that the range of e-provision is fully inclusive.

Conference believes that in this information age it should be required of all public libraries that they undertake to overcome these barriers to provision of an entertainment, leisure/recreation and information service for both transgender people and anyone interested to explore and understand more about what it means to be transgender.

Conference instructs the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Contact the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) with a view to discovering;

1.1 what that organisation is doing; and,

1.2 what CILIP would be prepared to take on in promoting this need to overcome provision barriers.

2.Contact all local authorities whose remit includes library services to enquire what provision is made and, where the answer is considered to be inadequate, or is absent, to contact such local authorities again, asking that it should be made and for feedback about intended provision;

3.Report back to Annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Conference in 2007.