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"Academic libraries increasingly address the scholarly needs of students with disabilities and need guidance in this complex endeavor. This set of essays provides a look at approaches in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand."
"[T]he editors have done an outstanding job of educating this audience about services to the disabled in higher education. The book is well-conceived and written for clear communication of ideas and practices. Recommended for librarians, library administrators, and disabilities service staff who coordinate support services for students, this book offers a unique international perspective, provides resources for better understanding of the trends and issues for a distinct client-group, and meets its primary goal of offering an assessment methodology that is ready to go for anyone willing to take the challenge."
"Since meeting the information needs of students with disabilities is a topic addressed by less than a handful of recent books, this title is a welcome addition. Edited by Hernon and Calvert, both of whom also authored much of the volume, the book begins with an overview of the issue, followed by a discussion of the legal aspects of serving students with disabilities, a summary of the existing literature, and perspectives of library directors. The editors emphasize the importance of assessing the needs of disabled students; data collection, they stress, is one of the first steps every library should take when planning or improving services to a specific population. Readers learn how to develop a data collection instrument, how to conduct the survey, and how to report the results….[r]ecommended for academic libraries."