ERIC Number: ED368381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Disabilities, Children, and Libraries: Mainstreaming Services in Public Libraries and School Library Media Centers.
Walling, Linda Lucas; Karrenbrock, Marilyn H.
Written for librarians and school library media specialists, this book is designed to foster awareness and encourage confidence in serving the needs of children with disabilities. It provides practical guidelines for recognizing and understanding many disabilities, including vision, hearing, and speech impairments; emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders; and disabilities affecting mobility and dexterity. Information about the developmental and informational needs of children and corresponding library responses is provided. Insights and solutions that will help librarians create mainstreamed environments for library users are offered. These include guidelines for selecting and adapting library materials and facilities and minimizing the effects of physical, societal, and environmental barriers in libraries. Separate discussions focus on planning, implementing and evaluating services and assistive technologies. Sources of materials, equipment, technology and other sources of information and assistance are provided, along with contact information. A 20-page list of recommended readings arranged by chapter, a checklist of ways to implement services for children with disabilities, and a description of a successful program are appended. (KRN)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Children, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Learning Resources Centers, Library Material Selection, Library Planning, Library Services, Mainstreaming, Public Libraries, School Libraries, User Needs (Information)
Libraries Unlimited, Inc., P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633 ($32.50).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised, updated, and expanded version of "The Disabled Child in the Library" (Libraries Unlimited, 1983).