Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

ARL Publishes Transforming Libraries: Issues and Innovations in Service to Users with Disabilities

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

ARL Publishes Transforming Libraries: Issues and Innovations in Service to Users with Disabilities

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http:/www.arl.org/transform/ by GraceAnne DeCandido Washington: Association of Research Libraries $28 plus shipping and handling April, 1999. 29 p. SPEC Kit 243

Librarians charged with making their institutions accessible to users with disabilities have no shortage of literature at their disposal. Indeed, in recent years a great many books and articles on various aspects of disability have appeared on a fairly regular basis. One of the latest additions to the literature on library accessibility, a short but very content-rich ARL SPEC kit, summarizes issues facing larger research libraries today, and offers numerous case studies of various institutions' disability programs and services.

Through a series of thirteen interviews and numerous on-site visits, author GraceAnne DeCandido creates a snapshot of the current state of disabled readers' services in large research libraries around the country. As one who has worked in the field for close to 15 years now, I found it interesting to note that our programs have evolved somewhat similarly, and that there does seems to be some consistency among larger institutions' offerings, both in services as well as technologies. …

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