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Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

by Rachel M. McMullin and Kerry R. Walton

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PUBLISHED: 23rd April 2019
ISBN: 9781440863967
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  • Paperback
PUBLISHED: 23rd April 2019
ISBN: 9781440863967

Publisher Description

This book will be invaluable for those in the academic library who want to understand how best to serve students on the autism spectrum and how those students can contribute to the library.

As a large number of students on the autism spectrum come of age and enter college, increased awareness of autism spectrum disorder is necessary among those who work in academic libraries so that they can respond to and meet the unique needs of these students.

This book fills a scholarship gap while serving as a practical resource for working with the neurodivergent student population in academic libraries. McMullin and Walton explain issues that are likely to arise when interacting with students on the autism spectrum and offer practical solutions for handling them. They discuss how to work with neurodiverse students in different contexts, including at service points, in the classroom, as employees, and through outreach programs. They highlight possible concerns about the physical environment of the library and demonstrate ways that the library can be an especially positive place for students with ASD. Personal anecdotes from students with autism as well as library faculty and staff round out this valuable work.

  • Serves as an essential resource on how to serve students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

  • Offers an overview of characteristics of students with ASD that is tailored to those working in academic libraries and shows how those characteristics will affect various types of interactions

  • Provides practical solutions for common issues that librarians/ and staff may encounter when communicating with ASD students

  • Features tips and ideas for librarians and library staff working at service points (e.g.i.e., reference desk, circulation, etc.) and in the instruction classroom

Author Biography

Rachel M. McMullin, PhD, MSIS, is associate professor and humanities/information literacy librarian at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Kerry R. Walton, MLIS, is assistant professor and electronic resources and instruction librarian at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


"Required reading for all librarians, particularly those in K-12 and academic libraries, and a solid choice for all educational professionals." - Library Journal, Starred Review

Product Details

Rachel M. McMullin, Kerry R. Walton
A Practical Guide for Academic Libraries
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
Short Title
Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum
Professional and Scholarly