ERIC Number: ED240756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Library Needs and Uses by Disabled Students at the Florida State University: A Survey.
Bowen, Dorothy; And Others
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 53 university students with visual, hearing, and motor impairments to determine their use and perception of campus library services. Ss, who majored in a wide range of disciplines, rated their use of library services. Most frequent use was reported by students with motor impairments, while 21% of visually impaired Ss indicated no use. Accessibility problems were noted, including parking, limited wheelchair room, and inadequacy of signs. Ss expressed some dissatisfaction with staff attitudes and assistance. The need for library use instruction that would include special orientation and teaching was cited. Difficulties reported with materials and equipment were associated primarily with visual impairment. Seven recommendations were formulated including special photocopy services for visually and motor impaired students and increased inservice training for staff. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Academic Library Services to Disabled Students (Tallahassee, Florida, May 6-7, 1983).