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Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities

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Authors Ann Roberts and Dr. Richard Smith work at the state level with persons with disabilities. They find that very few librarians feel comfortable with providing services addressed to the needs of the disabled, yet those who do offer services and programs other libraries can adopt and adapt.

Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities will help librarians get up to speed in understanding disabled persons and what they can do to make library premises and ...

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Overview

Authors Ann Roberts and Dr. Richard Smith work at the state level with persons with disabilities. They find that very few librarians feel comfortable with providing services addressed to the needs of the disabled, yet those who do offer services and programs other libraries can adopt and adapt.

Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities will help librarians get up to speed in understanding disabled persons and what they can do to make library premises and holdings more accessible to them. It provides basic information on the different types of mental and physical disabilities a librarian might encounter, then offers a range of exemplary policies, services, and programs for people with disabilities—efforts that are in place and working across the country.

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"Librarians who are striving to fill the information needs of people with different mental and physical challenges will find that this title answers many of their questions."

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"Recommended for all libraries exploring their service to the disabled."

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Library Journal

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Persons with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the United States, accounting for almost 20 percent of the population. Aging baby boomers will only increase this number. Roberts (adult svcs. consultant, library development, Missouri State Lib.) and Smith (former director, Wolfner Lib. for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO) understand many of the issues facing both the disabled and the libraries that serve them. Their entry in the "Crash Course" series offers practical information on the wide range of disabilities a librarian may encounter. Included in the book are chapters dealing with assistive technology, serving older adults, mental disabilities, learning disabilities, basic facilities planning, and services to the visually and physically handicapped. In addition to providing overviews of these topics, the book includes examples of policies, services, and programs that can be easily adapted to fit either academic or public libraries. There are a number of work sheets to help evaluate a particular library and its services, and useful additional resources are listed throughout. VERDICT Recommended for all libraries exploring their service to the disabled.—Carrie A. Herrmann, Boone Cty. P.L., Burlington, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Crash Course Series
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,347,597
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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