ACRL Presents: Voices from the Stacks: Lived Experiences of Library Folks with Disabilities

Join ACRL at 3:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, June 4, for the free ACRL Presents webinar “Voices from the Stacks: Lived Experiences of Library Folks with Disabilities.”

The ACRL EDI Committee is hosting a guided discussion panel on the barriers to academic librarianship for people with disabilities. This panel seeks to present the experiences and perspectives of academic library workers with disabilities and share ways the field could improve accessibility and inclusion. The questions that guide this panel are:

  • How have you handled disclosing your disability at work? What institutional or cultural barriers have impacted your decision to disclose? What was the outcome?
  • How have you sought out accommodations during hiring or in the workplace? This could be self-accommodations, informal accommodation within your library, or formal and documented accommodations through HR. What experiences, positive or negative, have you encountered in any or all of these processes?
  • How have you navigated professional service, scholarship, and/or tenure if applicable? Are there barriers to professional involvement for librarians with disabilities?
  • What advice would you provide to nondisabled academic librarians looking to be more inclusive of disabilities and supportive of disabled colleagues
  • How can ACRL improve disability inclusion in the organization or library field at large?

The panel will be moderated by Katie Quirin Manwiller, Education Librarian at West Chester University. Katie is chronically ill and dynamically disabled.