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All library and archives work places a significant demand on our executive functions, a core set of cognitive controls in the brain. When they’re running smoothly, you may not even notice they’re there, but when they aren’t, even minor tasks seem impossible. Executive dysfunction is strongly correlated with ADHD and autism, as well as depression, anxiety, brain trauma, and numerous other conditions. Executive dysfunction is uniquely disabling in a complex work environment like a library, but managing it is itself a job, one which must be done on top of the other job. This talk is about that secret second job: what it is, how it connects us, and why it should be integrated into our regular jobs.


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Library and Information Science


Presentation given at the Washington Library Association's 2023 Neurodiversity & Libraries Summit, 7 September 2023.

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