A 2016 Pew Research Center study showed that 62% of adults get their news via social media. Quite often these stories are presented as news without meeting basic journalistic standards, from verifiable sourcing to careful research, to misrepresenting objectivity as a means of promoting an agenda. In the preamble to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, it is written, “In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information.” It is with that sentiment that we offer the TrustedSources series to focus on topical issues of the day, drawing on a variety of recognized and credible sources (including news coverage, editorials, and op-eds), and curating them by topic, allowing a curious citizen to explore the issues of our time and come to their own conclusions.
In the last five years within the United States, trans rights have finally started to come into focus. After centuries of being erased from our conversations about human dignity, we are now starting to pay attention to our siblings who's experience with their gender identity has not been thought about in mainstream culture. We recognize that growing one's understanding of gender identity can feel a bit overwhelming as the information is new to so many individuals. In order to help folks identify resources to expand their own understandings, the library team dedicated this version of TrustedSources to our trans community - Gabby Porcaro, Assistant Director for Queer and Trans Student Initiatives