The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Accessibility and Universal Design, SPEC Kit 358, an exploration of how ARL member libraries are meeting the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities.
This study gathered information on support for assistive technologies in libraries, services provided to individuals with disabilities, staffing and training for these services, evaluation of resources, and institutional policies and procedures in this area. The SPEC Kit also includes questions on universal design, an approach to design that makes spaces and services more inclusive of all, regardless of their needs.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of accessibility services, statements, policies, and resources and job descriptions for accessibility services staff.
SPEC Kit 358, Accessibility and Universal Design
Carli Spina and Margaret Cohen
May 2018 • 155 pp.
SPEC Kits on the ARL Digital Publications platform are open access and freely available to all readers.
Print copies of SPEC Kit 358 are available for purchase.
ISBN 978-1-59407-994-8 • $40 ARL members/$50 all others
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