ERIC Number: ED341401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Library Services for Persons with Disabilities. SPEC Kit 176.
Ragsdale, Kate W., Comp.
This Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) Kit presents the results of a survey on issues and concerns associated with planning for library services for persons with disabilities. The survey was sent to 119 U.S. and Canadian Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and returned by 74. The report is based on the responses of libraries which reported that they provide various levels of library services and/or adaptive equipment for library users with disabilities. A summary of the survey results presents general information about disabled student enrollment and identifies methods of management and training of library staff to meet the needs of disabled patrons, describes the kinds of space allocated for specialized library services, and provides examples of typical library services and adaptive equipment. The major part of the kit is devoted to examples of planning documents, service policies, staff training manuals, position descriptions, building evacuation procedures, library brochures and handouts, floor plans and equipment, procedures for use of study areas, and campus guides submitted by 24 of the survey respondents: the Universities of California-Davis, California-Riverside, Cincinnati, and Florida; Georgetown University; University of Hawaii; Iowa State and Johns Hopkins Universities; University of Kansas; Kent State University; the Universities of Manitoba, Maryland, Missouri, and New Mexico; Ohio State University; University of Pennsylvania; Purdue University; Queen's University; the Universities of Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Waterloo; and York University. A copy of the survey instrument with a tally of the responses and 15 selected readings are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Higher Education, Library Equipment, Library Facilities, Library Guides, Library Materials, Library Services, Library Surveys, Physical Mobility, Policy, Questionnaires, Research Libraries
Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.
Identifiers: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
Note: For an earlier (1982) SPEC kit on this topic, see ED 217 839.