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Thursday, June 17 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Accessibility is in the Eye of the Beholder: Creating a More Accessible Library (On Demand)

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Much has been written about the importance of accessibility. This is both an issue of helping patrons and providing inclusivity and equity for those with disabilities. All patrons, regardless of physical ability, should be able to access library resources. Unfortunately, often the decisions about accessibility are made by those who do not need accommodations due to a disability. Therefore, library staff may be unaware of ways in which the library may be inadvertently less than fully accessible for all patrons. This presentation looks at some common areas where accessibility needs to be considered. This will cover three areas: physical spaces and signage, tools for accessing library resources, and considerations for library websites. Each portion will examine possible problems and suggest solutions. The session will include time for audience participants to make suggestions regarding accommodations or describe their own experiences in seeking a more accessible library.


Kenneth Litwak

Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, Gateway Seminary, Los Angeles Campus - Library
My main interests are: 1) how to make ILI more accessible and relevant to all patrons; 2) accessibility and accommodations libraries can/should make; and 3) the equity and inclusion or lack thereof of librarians with disabilities because of ableism. I have a Ph.D. in New Testament... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT