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Pages: 5103-5108
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.1182

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

PREPARING TEACHER-LIBRARIANS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM IN TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LIBRARIES

N. Everhart

Florida State University (UNITED STATES)
With 1 in 68 children in the United States currently being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the potential for teacher-librarians to interact with individuals with ASD is certain. Some research suggests that libraries are one place where individuals with autism feel safe. Though the library can be a welcoming environment for students with autism, librarians are typically not specifically educated to serve this growing and largely overlooked population. To ensure that patrons with ASD will be successful in technology-enhanced library settings, Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services) was developed to increase librarians’ knowledge about how they can be best served in libraries. PALS, a set of four online self-paced professional development modules provide practical strategies for librarians to implement in the following areas:
1) About Autism
2) Arranging the Library Environment
3) Social Networking and Interacting with Technology and
4) Communicating with Individuals with ASD.

Since October 2015, more than 700 librarians and library staff have completed the PALS training modules. The PALS exit survey reveals that over 90% of participants felt that the training substantially increased or increased their knowledge about library patrons on the autism spectrum. Over 70% agreed or strongly agreed they learned strategies to increase independence in the use of the library and increase the use of technology for those with ASD. In this session, participants will learn which strategies are most effect in increasing engagement students with autism in today’s technology-enhanced libraries.
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N. Everhart (2017) PREPARING TEACHER-LIBRARIANS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM IN TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LIBRARIES, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 5103-5108.
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