ERIC Number: ED441480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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An Inclusive School Library for the 21st Century: Fostering Independence.
There are many ways in which the school library can contribute to the personal growth of students with disabilities enrolled in mainstream schools and in fostering acceptance and understanding of these students by their non-disabled peers. A four-year study of school library provision for students with disabilities in two Australian states, Victoria and New South Wales, showed that provision of effective information literacy programs, a welcoming and physically accessible library environment, and access to information technology and electronic information sources can have a significant effect on the development of confidence, independence, and self-esteem in these students. Engaging disabled students as library monitors or offering the library as a work experience placement further assists independence and self-esteem and promotes a positive image of these students to their student colleagues. The provision of a good collection of disability information and sensitive fiction titles also promotes value and acceptance of disability by other students. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Inclusive Schools, Information Literacy, Information Technology, Library Services, School Libraries, Student Attitudes
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/076-119e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia