Invisible Disabilities and an Inclusive Library Workplace

guest post by John Connolly of BeyondBookshelves.com Comparatively, there's very little in the library literature about support for library workers with disabilities, and there's even less about those of us who have mental health challenges specifically. Our field isn’t exactly welcoming to library workers with disabilities, and the proof is in the pudding: only about 3 percent of library workers surveyed identified themselves as having a disability, and several surveys of disabled library workers in the past few years have shown that the landscape of our workplaces has much to do to be inclusive of those with physical and mental challenges.  Many disabled library workers report that they engage in "passing," or hiding their condition to avoid being treated differently, or to avoid potential negative consequences for their careers. It…
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Sickness on a Ticking Clock: Mental Illness and Precarity in a Term-Limited Position

Our first LIS Mental Health blog post is an anonymous submission. “Be willing to relocate, and you’ll probably have to take a term-limited job at first.” It’s practical advice for new LIS grads; that’s the state of the field at the moment. As someone in her 20s from a privileged socioeconomic background without dependents or caring responsibilities, I thought these were conditions I could easily handle. I had a partner who was halfway through a degree program, so I knew a long-distance relationship was probably going to be in the cards for me at first, but I was ready to do what I needed to do for a stable career. My struggle to find a first LIS job ended up not being a struggle at all, which is a privileged…
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