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Countering Conformity: Embracing the “Other” and Supporting Employees with High-functioning Autism in Canadian Academic Libraries

Critical Librarianship

ISBN: 978-1-83909-485-9, eISBN: 978-1-83909-484-2

ISSN: 0732-0671

Publication date: 17 August 2020

Abstract

Though conformity may streamline human resources processes and standardize staffing issues, it is essential for administration to identify areas where they are weak in supporting potential and current employees who veer from the norm. Libraries need human resources policies and procedures that reflect and celebrate uniqueness. Long-held tendencies toward valuing fit and conventionality need to give way to transformational mentoring and empowering in order for a diverse workforce to reach its fullest potential. Embracing inclusivity will result in numerous benefits, not just for the employee but for the library. This chapter shows how personnel with high-functioning autism can be best supported in Canadian academic libraries.

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Giles-Smith, L. and Popowich, E. (2020), "Countering Conformity: Embracing the “Other” and Supporting Employees with High-functioning Autism in Canadian Academic Libraries", Hines, S.S. and Ketchum, D.H. (Ed.) Critical Librarianship (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 41), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 111-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0732-067120200000041006

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