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C&CS Presents: Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder with Gerry Shea and Sebastian Derry, March 3rd at 1pm Eastern

February 14, 2020

C&CS Presents:

Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder

with Gerry Shea and Sebastian Derry


March 3rd at 1pm Eastern

Click here for registration link


According to the Centers for Disease Control (2019), 1 in every 59 children in the United States has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of the results of the increased prevalence of ASD is a larger number of students with ASD are now participating in higher education. The transition into higher education is potentially difficult for students with ASD and support services are necessary to help make the transition successful. This presentation will focus on how services and outreach initiatives by academic libraries can help students with ASD succeed in college.



Sebastian Derry

Sebastian Derry is the Assistant Dean for Public Services. Prior to joining Seton Hall University libraries, Sebastian served appointments as the Director of the Elizabeth Seton Library at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York, the Head of Media Services at Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia, and Fine Arts Librarian-Media Resources Coordinator at the University of Montana in Missoula. He earned his MLIS from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Prince Edward Island. Sebastian’s areas of interest in librarianship include accessibility, leadership, mentoring, and open educational resources.


Gerry Shea head shot

Gerry Shea

Gerard Shea is a Librarian and Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University. His research interests include information literacy and how academic libraries serve students with autism spectrum disorder. He joined the University Libraries in February of 2017 and is the liaison to the College of Communication and the Arts and co-liaison to the College of Education and Human Services. He received an MLS from Pratt Institute and an MA in Special Education from New Jersey City University.





This session is free and will be recorded on Zoom. It will be made available afterwards on the C&CS page, and we thank our membership, the CRD and PaLA for making these sessions possible.

If you have any questions or would like to propose a session, please contact any member listed on the CRD page ( or fill out this proposal form.

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