ACRL International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group

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Charge: The International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group serves to promote awareness and discussion of the international, transnational, and global dimensions of issues critical to the future of academic and research libraries, to promote comparative study of academic library trends, issues, and operations, and to promote collaboration between academic and research librarians on issues benefiting from an international perspective.


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Request for participation in research survey for Autistic Librarians

  • 1.  Request for participation in research survey for Autistic Librarians

    Posted Feb 17, 2023 09:19 AM

    Several studies have been published in the library literature on how university and college libraries can adapt their environments to make them more accommodating to autistic students, but what about autistic library employees? Do libraries consider the needs of autistic faculty and staff, particularly as it pertains to hiring them? How difficult is it for autistic individuals to obtain employment in an academic library? What barriers exist for them when navigating the hiring process? This research study aims to fill a gap in the literature by exploring the experience of autistic library employees navigating the hiring process for college and university libraries. We're seeking responses from any library employee who (1) is formally diagnosed as autistic or self identifies as autistic (2) was previously employed or is currently employed in a library based at an institution of higher education. Participants must be age 18 or older.

    To take the survey, visit this link to the survey.

    Participation is completely voluntary. You may choose to stop the survey at any time before submitting your responses. Any identifying information you submit is confidential and will not be shared. This survey is part of an ongoing research study If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the study coordinators with the information below. 

    Thank you,

    Rachael Cohen (IU), rachcohe@iu.edu

    Mike Holt (LSU), michaelholt@lsu.edu

    Karen Stoll Farrell (IU), karsfarr@iu.edu



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    Karen Farrell
    Head, Scholarly Communication Department
    Indiana University
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