My goal in writing this chapter is to use critical disability theory grounded in my lived experience to offer some possibilities for improving the working conditions of library employees with disabilities. I begin by providing an overview of some mainstream and critical perspectives on disability. Next, I offer my own insights into being a disabled librarian by taking an intersectional approach to the construction of power. I conclude the chapter by suggesting some ways to bring theory and practice together to make the workplace more inclusive of people. Throughout the chapter, I share some of my experiences as a person with diabetes in an attempt to highlight how combining lived experience with social theories can improve the practice of library work.
Politics and Theory of Critical Librarianship
Schomberg, Jessica. “Disability at Work: Libraries, Built to Exclude.” In The Politics and Theory of Critical Librarianship, ed. Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2018.
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