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Part of the Job: Patron-Perpetrated Sexual Harassment in UK Public Libraries
Patron-perpetrated sexual harassment (PPSH) towards librarians is an under-researched but indicatively critical area of sexual harassment studies and library studies. Preliminary research indicates that PPSH results from numerous overlapping social structures. These social structures include but are not limited to patriarchy and rape culture, white supremacy, feminised labour and service work. This dissertation is the first study on PPSH towards librarians in the United Kingdom (UK) and focuses on public librarians. 143 UK public librarians were surveyed about their experiences of PPSH over the past five years. The results of this survey indicate that PPSH is ‘part of the job’ for UK public librarians.

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Sally Broom, Tripbod: Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series Autumn 2010 [URL hyperlink to video file]
Entrepreneurship Guest Lecture Series October 21st 2010 featuring UCL alumnus Sally Broom, co-founder of Tripbod, an online travel agency with a difference. Sally talks about how she set up her own business and offers her advice to potential entrepreneurs.

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To what extent are autistic library staff in the UK supported in their workplace?
Low employment statistics of adults with autism spectrum disorder in the UK, the low number of academic studies about supporting autistic library staff in Library and Information Studies academic literature and the indication within the relevant literature that autistic library staff may face barriers to receiving support because of the lack of understanding and negative stigma associated with autism, has prompted this investigation into whether libraries in the UK are providing effective support for autistic library staff. A mixed methods approach was employed to gather quantitative and qualitive data to represent the thoughts and opinions of autistic library staff about the support offered in their workplace. Two surveys were sent out to various library staff listservs, networks and social media groups and a few survey respondents were invited to take part in follow-up interviews which were provided in different formats. Results from both surveys and the interviews indicated that there were issues with disclosure, masking/hiding autistic traits, discrimination due to lack of understanding about autism by some line managers and staff, barriers to requesting reasonable adjustments at work and during job interviews, lack of provision of support services in UK libraries and the lack of provision of autism awareness training. Results have also positively indicated that some autistic library staff have certain traits and skills which enable them to carry out their library work. Although some of the participants have indicated that they have some level of support and face less discrimination in their workplaces, there is still more that can be done in UK libraries to support autistic library staff. Further recommendations are made about different types of support and providing special training for library managers and non-autistic staff to improve understanding about adjustments that autistic library staff may need. Further studies would be useful to understand about prevalence of autism in different sectors and understand the needs of staff working in different library sectors.

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