IST 564: Accessible Library and Information Services

Preservice librarians will gain understanding of the various strategies for planning library programs and services inclusive of the informative needs of pre-K–12th-grade students with disabilities. The course offers context, awareness, and strategies to develop programs and services, provide facilities, and select resources and technologies that meet diverse needs and abilities of all patrons.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use disability history and the social model of disability to advocate for and recommend change.
  • Use laws and standards to evaluate the accessibility of—and select resources for—library programs, policies, and services.
  • Apply a social justice lens to designing and presenting a model library program, policy, service, or resource.
  • Use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to create a model library program, policy, service, or resource for diverse patrons.
  • Interact and communicate effectively with patrons regardless of their abilities.

Tools and Concepts:

  • Library observation
  • Disability history
  • Social model
  • Assistive Technology (AT) recommendations
  • Library accessibility evaluations

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