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Tuesday, April 26 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Creating an Inclusive and Accessible Culture: Supportive Management for People with Disabilities

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This session will provide foundational knowledge and actions that managers can take to make their workplaces more inclusive and accessible to library workers with disabilities. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 US adults lives with a disability, leading most managers to supervise someone with a disability during their career. However, most accessibility initiatives within LIS focus on providing services to patrons and not equitably supporting employees with disabilities. As such, library managers have few resources to ensure their workplace cultures are accessible. Three disabled librarians will share their professional expertise and personal stories related to how library management has helped or hindered their careers. Participants will gain an understanding"&" of the legalities surrounding disability inclusion in the workplace, devise strategies for supporting employees with disabilities through person-centered management practices, and assess how Universal Design and equity training can create a supportive environment and culture for all library workers. This session will conclude with strategies for changing institutional policies to create work environments where employees with disabilities can not just work but thrive.

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Kiyomi Deards

Subject Librarian for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Water, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kiyomi Diane Deards is the librarian for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Physics & Astronomy, and Water at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries. She writes and presents about issues of management and equity in libraries; and science literacy, education... Read More →

Samantha Peter

Instructional Design Librarian, University of Wyoming
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Katie Quirin Manwiller (she/her)

Education Librarian, West Chester University
Katie Quirin Manwiller is the Education Librarian and Assistant Professor at West Chester University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, and has worked as an archivist and instruction librarian in academic settings. Katie lives with chronical illness and... Read More →

Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT