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Published on March 16, 2016

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Equal Access for Patrons with Disabilities: Equal Access for Patrons with Disabilities LIS 600 Sarah Long October 23, 2013 Why is this an advocacy issue?: Why is this an advocacy issue? ALA’S Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy, 2006 “The American Library Association recognizes that people with disabilities are a large and neglected minority in the community and are severely underrepresented in the library profession. Disabilities cause many personal challenges. In addition, many people with disabilities face economic inequity, illiteracy, cultural isolation, and discrimination in education, employment and the broad range of societal activities.” Why is this an advocacy issue?: Why is this an advocacy issue? Already viewed as an important issue by the library community But we can always be working to improve Why is this an advocacy issue?: Why is this an advocacy issue? Vulnerability of this group in society Potential obstacles that they may face to using the library are: Literacy issues Financial limitations Transportation issues Differing abilities in both cognitive and physical tasks Wray, 2013, p. 26 Why is this an advocacy issue?: Why is this an advocacy issue? We must be sure to avoid “token accessibility” at the expense of meaningful access Hill, 2013, p. 141 Wray, 2013 Image source: http://www.classicplastic.net/dvgi/pictures/pics-tokens-generic02.jpg Why is it important to study this issue?: Why is it important to study this issue? Libraries are a tool for “information empowerment” Bonnici , Maata , Wells, Brodsky, & Meadows, 2012, p. 117 Lack of access inhibits patrons from “fully participating in the learning process” Mates & Booth, 2012, p. 8 Why is it important to study this issue?: Why is it important to study this issue? Demonstrates that your library is taking its status as a public service organization to heart O’Brien, 2011 Why is it important to study this issue?: Why is it important to study this issue? It’s the law! Americans with Disabilities Act Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Noncompliance could mean liability for the library Mates & Booth, 2012 What can library institutions do to address this issue?: What can library institutions do to address this issue? User-centered approach: User-centered approach “Talking to people with disabilities about their information needs and information access barriers” Hill, 2013, p. 141 Remember that patrons’ needs may be different than what you might anticipate Wray, 2013, p. 27 User-centered approach: User-centered approach An advisory board can help you to hear diverse opinions Mates & Booth, 2012 Lewis 2013 Physical accessibility: Physical accessibility Everyone needs to be able to access all parts of your library, not just some of it This can actually improve the space for everyone, not just patrons with disabilities O’Brien, 2011 Utilize assistive technology: Utilize assistive technology Tools such as Screen reading technology Magnifying technology Literacy software Speech recognition software Peripheral devices Guder & Booth, 2012, p. 15 Include inclusive literature in your collection: Include inclusive literature in your collection Helps children and young adults who have disabilities build self esteem Helps create respect and understanding in children who don’t have disabilities Wopperer , 2011 Get the word out about your services: Get the word out about your services Don’t be afraid to publicize the services that you have available Describe your services for patrons with disabilities on your website Market the fact that you offer accessibility services in the community Hill, 2013 Guder & Booth, 2012 Get the word out about your services: Get the word out about your services Consider creative ways to spread the word about your services Gaines, 2012 Utilize your staff: Utilize your staff Consider hiring staff with disabilities “Employing those with disabilities is the ultimate way libraries can take the lead and model true inclusion in their communities.” Make sure that all of your staff know about your services for patrons with disabilities Lewis , 2013 Wray, 2013, p. 30 Guder & Booth, 2012 Develop a policy: Develop a policy Consider developing a policy on services to community members with disabilities Helps “create a culture of diversity” Helps ensure that all your staff are knowledgeable about what services you offer Huffnagle , 2012, p. 20 Conclusion: Always work toward improvement: Conclusion: Always work toward improvement Even if we feel that we are doing a good job, there is probably more we can be doing We should never stop working for equal access Lewis, 2013 References: References Bonnici , L., Maatta , S., Wells, M., Brodsky, J., & Meadows, I. (2012). Physiological access as a social justice type in LIS curricula. Journal of Education for Library & Information Science, 53 (2), 115-129. Gaines, J. (2012). The people on the bus. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 10 (3), 17-19. Guder , C., & Booth, C. (2012). Making the right decisions about assistive technology in your library. Library Technology Reports, 48 (7), 14-21. Hill, H. (2013). Disability and accessibility in the library and information science literature: A content analysis. Library & Information Science Research, 35 (2), 137-142. Huffnagle , S. (2012). A simple solution. AALL Spectrum, 17 (2), 19-21. Lewis, J. Information equality for individuals with disabilities: Does it exist? Library Quarterly, 83 (3), 229-235. "Library services for people with disabilities policy", American Library Association, December 4, 2006. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaissues/libraryservices Mates, B. T., & Booth, C. (2012). Information power to all patrons. Library Technology Reports, 48 (7), 7-13. O'Brien, P. (2011). Is your library accessible? Library Journal , 9-11. Wopperer , E. (2011). Inclusive literature in the library and the classroom. Knowledge Quest, 39 (3), 26-34. Wray, H. (2013). Protecting the rights of the most vulnerable by creating a culture of inclusion. Feliciter , 59 (3), 26-30.

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