Providing spaces that are accessible to individuals with disabilities is a key aspect of building an inclusive library and serving your community effectively. Unfortunately, despite legal protections in the United States and abroad, there remain many barriers that prevent full and independent access by disabled patrons. This course will provide you with the tools needed to identify barriers in your library and design spaces for improved access. Covering both accessibility and Universal Design, the course materials will explain the elements of meaningful inclusion and offer concrete tools and approaches that you can apply and use to train staff, refine workflows, and prioritize access in future decisions. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to more critically consider accessibility at your library and make choices that improve inclusion in the future.
At a glance
- Understanding types of disability and the appropriate terminology
- Differentiating between legal requirements and alternate approaches to inclusion
- Applying the principles of Universal Design to library spaces and services
- Strategies for designing or remodelling with accessibility in mind
- Evaluating spaces and services for accessibility and inclusion
- Integrating accessibility and inclusion into decision making and workflows
- Planning an accessible and inclusive future for your library
Instructor: Carli Spina is the Head of Research & Instructional Services and Associate Professor in the Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology (NY).