I was thinking the same thing.

Along those lines: for the folks working on the draft policy - I'd like to suggest adding "gender expression" and "gender identity" to the mix of things we're not discriminating about.

Language from the GLAAD Media Reference Guide<>:

    Gender Identity: One’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or a boy or a girl). For transgender people, their birth-assigned sex and their own internal sense of gender identity do not match.

    Gender Expression: External manifestation of one’s gender identity, usually expressed through “masculine,” “feminine” or gender-variant behavior, clothing, haircut, voice or body characteristics.


-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Phetteplace
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Survey

Maybe too late now but...gender is not a binary. There should be an Other option if we really are striving to be an inclusive community.


On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM, Karen Coyle <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

> On 11/27/12 10:35 AM, Joe Hourcle wrote:


>> I admit, I'm no expert on surveys (I tried doing one once for a class ...

>> got shut down for an IRB violation as I said I'd share the results

>> back with the organization we were surveying ... which is pretty sad,

>> as the organization I was surveying was the library school itself)

>> ... but you could do a much larger survey, trying to get all people

>> who work in libraries, and ask questions about specific IT-related

>> tasks that they might be doing, even if they don't self-identify as

>> IT. Of course, then you might miss those of us who don't work in

>> libraries, but who may identify with this group. ... and make sure

>> that whoever does it isn't at an academic institution, to avoid that

>> IRB crap. -Joe



> Joe, what I was hoping for was not a survey where individuals report

> on themselves, but a statistical sample of libraries where the library

> reports on its staff. That avoid the "self-image" issue, and the

> selection that individual reporting on self entails.


> kc



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