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Saturday, December 4 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Share Your Perspective: ADHD in Our Libraries and Profession

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Share Your Perspective: ADHD in Our Libraries and Profession

ADDitude Magazine (n.d.), geared toward individuals with ADHD, rated librarianship as the 5th worst job out of 10 for those with “restless minds and creative spirits.” While some may agree that a profession which traditionally valued quiet and “keeping every Dewey Decimal in its proper place” might not be the best for neurodivergent folks struggling with inattentiveness, others see the structure and dynamic nature of librarianship as an ideal setting. National Resource Center, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), list distractibility, impulsivity, hyperactivity, poor memory, boredom-blockouts, time management difficulties, procrastination, difficulty managing long-term projects, paperwork/details, and interpersonal/social skill issues being the top workplace issues for adults with ADHD but also offer specific tips to address each issue. In this facilitated discussion, we will discuss ADHD our libraries and/or as librarians with care to not disclose personal information that is not our own, and even then, only at the discretion of each participant with no disclosure preferred over participant comfort. By the end of the discussion, participants will walk away with a better understanding of how to help themselves or co-workers and patrons with ADHD.

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Stephanie Robertson

Information Literacy and Faculty Outreach Librarian/Assistant Professor, Joseph F. Smith Library, BYU–Hawaii
Stephanie Robertson has been teaching English as Adjunct Faculty at BYU-Hawaii since 2009. Her MA is in English with an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric and she also studied academic librarianship during her MLISc program—both degrees from The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa... Read More →
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Thomas Robertson

Clinical Social Worker and Adjunct Faculty, Ko‘olauloa Health Center & the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University–Hawaii
Thomas Robertson is licensed as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Hawai‘i and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social welfare at the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.He currently works at Ko‘olauloa... Read More →

Saturday December 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:00pm HST
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