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Making the Library Accessible for All

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Jane Vincent

Any library open to the public has a legal and ethical obligation to make their services accessible. This book is intended to be a single-source guide relevant to all library functions that librarians can easily refer to when planning, remediating, or evaluating for accessibility. It has a unique holistic perspective, as well as an emphasis on perceiving people with disabilities as providing resources to meet a common goal rather than as a population to be “served.”

Accessibility is becoming an issue that libraries can no longer ignore. Making the Library Accessible for All provides a holistic guide to accessibility that addresses common issues and gives strategies for responding to unique situations. Topics addressed include:
  • Increasing effectiveness of interactions with patrons who have disabilities
  • Interpreting the real intent behind architectural and website accessibility guidelines
  • Making events and trainings inclusive for everyone
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 166Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-0-8108-9146-3 • Paperback • April 2014 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-0-8108-9147-0 • eBook • April 2014 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
Jane Vincent is currently the Assistive Technology Lead for the University of Michigan, providing direct assistance to students, web accessibility evaluations, and other activities relevant to electronic accessibility and universal access. In the past, she has provided consultation to libraries on accessible technology acquisition and use, as well as evaluating website accessibility for businesses and organizations. Jane has presented at American Library Association, Public Library Association, and California Library Association conferences as well as at multiple conferences on assistive technology, aging, and usability. She is the author of Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology (Neal-Schuman, 2012) and her writings have been published in Library Hi-Tech News, JASIS, Communication Disorders Quarterly, MacWorld, and the blog Access on Main Street. Jane holds a Master of Arts in Library Science degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University.
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chapter 1: What is Accessibility?
Chapter 2: Communication Accessibility
Chapter 3: Materials Accessibility
Chapter 4: Architectural and Environmental Accessibility
Chapter 5: Training and Event Accessibility
Chapter 6: Technology Accessibility
Chapter 7: Web Accessibility
Chapter 8: The Accessible Library
About the Author

[T]his work is of use to any library open to the public, as well as any library that wants to make its services accessible. . . .What makes this book valuable for the novice or uninitiated to the world of accessibility is a list of acronyms and abbreviations at the start, along with three appendixes that offer questions for accessibility resource people, a checklist for presentation/lecture accessibility, and a test plan for hometownlibrary.com. . . .Written in an approachable and nonpreaching manner, this book can be read cover-to-cover for an overview, or individual chapters can be read on an as-needed or as-desired basis.
American Reference Books Annual

Libraries have long been an entry point and introduction to literature, ideas, and opinions; a window to the world, affordable by all. There is nothing that it is more important to be than accessible to all. And Jane Vincent is the perfect docent-problemsolver to help us understand both the totality of what a library is and how to make its myriad faces accessible.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Director of Trace Research & Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison