Considering “atmosphere” in facilitating information seeking by people with invisible disabilities in public libraries

Rebecca Muir, Kim M. Thompson, Asim Qayyum

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Abstract

Twenty percent of Australians reported having a disability in 2015. Disability may occur at any time during the lifespan, however most disabilities are invisible. When a disability is invisible, or not immediately apparent to an outsider, individuals may need to self-identify to access inclusive services, or accommodation may never be offered at all. When the perceived number of information seekers with a disability is low, information organizations may deem services unnecessary. Considering information access is a human right, information service providers and researchers need to seek low cost and low effort ways to facilitate information access and information seeking behaviors. The research question was “how does the ambience, security, and mores (conceptualized as “atmosphere”) of information services facilitate, or create barriers to, information seeking by people with an invisible disability?”. Data from 23 semi-structured qualitative interviews were analyzed to explore the experiences of people with an invisible disability as current or prospective library users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Pages216-226
Number of pages11
Volume56
Edition1
ISBN (Print)2373-9231
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2019
Event82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology - Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201923 Oct 2019
https://www.asist.org/am19/
https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/946/Final-Program-Book-10-16-2_compressed.pdf (program)

Conference

Conference82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period19/10/1923/10/19
Internet address

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