ERIC Number: ED396503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Library Services for Students with Disabilities: A Survey at the University of South Carolina.
Loope, Charlene H.
A pilot survey of 16 students at the University of South Carolina from across four disability categories evaluated the range of services and adaptive equipment necessary to meet disabled students' needs in an academic library setting. Disability categories represented were: (1) learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, (2) mobility impairments, (3) visual impairments/blindness, and (4) health impairments. The telephone interview survey examined: level of library use by students with disabilities, need for specific kinds of adaptive computer equipment, and ratings of the helpfulness of special library services. The survey indicated a need for easily accessible adaptive computer equipment, a need for readily available special library services, and better communication between the campus Office of Disability Services and the academic library staff. Analysis is provided by category of disability and specific adaptations (such as screen enlargement, modified keyboards, and braille printer). Results are also discussed in relation to planning for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The interview protocol is attached. (Contains 19 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Attention Deficit Disorders, College Libraries, College Students, Disabilities, Electronic Equipment, Higher Education, Interviews, Learning Disabilities, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Physical Disabilities, Special Health Problems, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Student Surveys, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; University of South Carolina