(via Christine Moeller, PhD student at University of Washington iSchool)
Are you a “neurotypical” (do not identify as neurodivergent) librarian working with a neurodivergent librarian at a US public or academic library? Are you interested in improving neuroinclusion at your workplace? Please consider participating in an interview with our research team. We are seeking participants for the second stage of an IMLS-funded research project conducted by faculty and graduate students from the Information School at the University of Washington.
You are eligible to participate if you are a “neurotypical” (do not identify as neurodivergent) librarian who is:
- Currently or previously a co-worker of a neurodivergent (autistic or ADHD) librarian, and currently employed at a public or academic library or has been in the past five years.
- Currently or previously a manager or supervisor of a neurodivergent (autistic or ADHD) librarian, and currently employed at a public or academic library or has been in the past five years.
Currently, neurodivergent librarians remain underrepresented in the profession, and there is very little research and few established practices to guide their recruitment, onboarding, retention, and advancement. The goal of this two-year project is to is to build libraries’ capacity, at the team level, to improve employment outcomes of neurodivergent librarians, including representation, empowerment, equity, belonging, and advancement.
If you interested and eligible to participate, please visit our website for more information.
We have already conducted extensive interviews with neurodivergent librarians, but will be seeking additional participants for the next phase of our research involving a nationwide survey. If you would like to be contacted when the survey becomes available, please feel free to send us your preferred contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our contact list.
This research study has been approved by the University of Washington Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions, please contact our research team at email@example.com.