This ethnographic essay explores the author’s journey in understanding, contending with, and building a career in academic libraries that is affirming to their Black and agender identity. The essay discusses the hypervisibility of the author’s race in libraries, in contrast to the invisibility of their transness, and how that contrast has affected how they navigate their work as a pre-tenure librarian.

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Summer 7-24-2023

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Williams, A. (2023). On Being Seen, on Being Legible, on Being: A Black, Agender Perspective on a Career in Libraries In K. Adolpho, S. G. Krueger, K. McCracken (Eds.). Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS. Litwin Books & Library Juice Press.