School Libraries Worldwide
School librarians play an important role in our public schools by supporting students through both formal and informal learning opportunities. All students have access to library services, including those who receive additional support through special education. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), in particular, may benefit from both the library environment and the knowledge and training specific to school librarians. Yet, school librarians frequently are not included as part of these students' educational teams. This study utilized a survey to discover the extent to which school librarians report providing services and supports to students with ASD, as well as the barriers they experience in working with this group of students. Results of the survey revealed school librarians may have the desire to support students with ASD but experience many obstacles in implementing the services they are uniquely qualified to provide.
0000-0001-9111-4991 (Layden), 0000-0001-5503-3940 (Anderson)
Original Publication Citation
Layden, S. J., & Anderson, A. (2021). Expanding the educational network for students with autism: Partnering with school librarians. School Libraries Worldwide, 27(1), 1-15.
Layden, Selena J. and Anderson, Amelia, "Expanding the Educational Network for Students with Autism: Partnering with School Librarians" (2021). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 67.