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Making the Library Accessible for All : A Practical Guide for Librarians - Jane Vincent

Making the Library Accessible for All

A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Any library open to the public has a legal and ethical obligation to make their services accessible. This book is intended to be a single-source guide relevant to all library functions that librarians can easily refer to when planning, remediating, or evaluating for accessibility. It has a unique holistic perspective, as well as an emphasis on perceiving people with disabilities as providing resources to meet a common goal rather than as a population to be "served." Accessibility is becoming an issue that libraries can no longer ignore. Making the Library Accessible for All provides a holistic guide to accessibility that addresses common issues and gives strategies for responding to unique situations. Topics addressed include: *Increasing effectiveness of interactions with patrons who have disabilities *Interpreting the real intent behind architectural and website accessibility guidelines *Making events and trainings inclusive for everyone

[T]his work is of use to any library open to the public, as well as any library that wants to make its services accessible...What makes this book valuable for the novice or uninitiated to the world of accessibility is a list of acronyms and abbreviations at the start, along with three appendixes that offer questions for accessibility resource people, a checklist for presentation/lecture accessibility, and a test plan for hometownlibrary.com...Written in an approachable and nonpreaching manner, this book can be read cover-to-cover for an overview, or individual chapters can be read on an as-needed or as-desired basis. American Reference Books Annual Libraries have long been an entry point and introduction to literature, ideas, and opinions; a window to the world, affordable by all. There is nothing that it is more important to be than accessible to all. And Jane Vincent is the perfect docent-problemsolver to help us understand both the totality of what a library is and how to make its myriad faces accessible. -- Gregg Vanderheiden, Director of Trace Research & Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

List of Illustrations List of Tables Preface Acknowledgments Introduction List of Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 1: What is Accessibility? Chapter 2: Communication Accessibility Chapter 3: Materials Accessibility Chapter 4: Architectural and Environmental Accessibility Chapter 5: Training and Event Accessibility Chapter 6: Technology Accessibility Chapter 7: Web Accessibility Chapter 8: The Accessible Library Glossary About the Author Index

ISBN: 9780810891463
ISBN-10: 0810891468
Series: The Practical Guides for Librarians Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 23rd June 2014
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.7  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.48