Research Article: “Hidden Barriers: The Experience of Academic Librarians and Archivists with Invisible Illnesses and/or Disabilities”
The article linked below was recently published by College & Research Libraries (C&RL).
Katelyn Quirin Manwiller
West Chester University
University of South Florida
Ohio Northern University
University of Wyoming
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
Vol 84, No 5 (2023)
This study documents the experience of, and identifies professional barriers for, academic librarians and archivists with invisible illnesses and/or disabilities. Results from a survey of MLIS-holding individuals in academic positions indicate that invisible illness or disability often impacts the ability to succeed at work, but many are reluctant to disclose or request accommodations to alleviate those disparities. Respondents reported barriers including professional repercussions for disclosure, difficulty during the hiring process, stigma from supervisors and colleagues after requesting accommodations, and an overall lack of understanding about invisible illness and disability in the profession.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.