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Inspired by Reid Boehm’s presentation “Beyond Pronouns: Caring for Transgender Medical Research Data to Benefit All People,” at the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit (RDAP) in March 2018, four librarians from the University of Minnesota (UMN) set out to create a LibGuide to support research on transgender topics as a response to Boehm’s identification of insufficient traditional mechanisms for describing, securing, and accessing data on transgender people and topics. This commentary describes the process used to craft the LibGuide, "Library Resources for Transgender Topics," including assembling a team of interested library staff, defining the scope of the project, interacting with stakeholders and community partners, establishing a workflow, and designing an ongoing process to incorporate user feedback.


Transgender research, information-seeking, LibGuide, research data, iterative design


Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge and thank Reid Boehm, Carolyn Bishoff, Franklin Sayre, Kelly Thompson, Kim Clarke, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Liz Weinfurter, Meghan Lafferty, Nicole Theis-Mahon, Scott Marsalis, jen neveau, Phuoc Tran, Alicia Kubas, Rachel Mattson, and Alexis Logsdon for their contributions to the planning and/or creation of the LibGuide. We also thank the many stakeholders who offered their experience and expertise that contributed to a stronger and more thoughtful LibGuide. Disclosures: The authors report no conflicts of interest. The authors’ funding to attend the RDAP Summit 2018 and 2020 was paid by their employer. The substance of this article is based upon a panel presentation on ‘Data Connections’ at RDAP Summit 2020: “Making Campus Connections through Endangered Data Week Events that Highlight Ethical Issues in Research with Vulnerable Populations” available at https://osf.io/n5zf6.

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Wanda Marsolek, University of Minnesota Libraries, 108 Walter Library, 117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; mars0215@umn.edu

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