In an attempt to better diversify LSU Library's collections, the Collections Taskforce of LSU Libraries' Diversity Committee took up the project of identifying collections by and about underrepresented groups, developing a procedure for conducting gap analyses with diversity as the focus, and making suggestions for filling the gaps. This project was conducted through several phases from 2019-2021.
Librarians worldwide have pledged to amplify transgender voices and curate bibliographies that are relevant to trans communities and their allies. At the start of the project, LSU Libraries owned 137 of 322 titles from the following lists and commits to growing its trans-focused collections. It should be noted that these lists also include older books which may use language that is outdated or potentially offensive.
In order to gain insight into faculty thoughts on the importance of trans* collections, the taskforce created a short survey. It consisted of four questions:
The taskforce received 42 responses to this survey.
In response to the question on the topic's importance, 19 participants (approximately 42%) replied Not Important. Of the remaining 28 respondents (57%), 14 chose 'Somewhat Important' or 'Very Important.' 10 chose 'Moderately Important' or 'Important.'
There were 27 responses to the second question ranging from a specific course to general descriptions of a course or discipline that could potentially benefit from more of this topic content, to not applicable.
Nine responses listed at least one title that would be useful to include in this collection. Two responses listed over 10 titles.
7 respondents suggested at least one author, with 6 respondents listing multiple authors.
This guide was compiled by the 2020-2021 Diversity Committee Collections Taskforce. Our members are:
We would also like to thank Dave Comeaux and Allen LeBlanc for their help on this project.