Accessibility Is in the Eye of the Beholder Creating a More Accessible Library

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Kenneth D. Litwak


According to the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics, 19% of undergraduates report having a disability. Many of these students access our libraries in person or online. While theological and academic librarians recognize the need to accommodate people with disabilities, librarians without disabilities might not be aware of ways in which their library places obstacles in the way of those with disabilities, such as computers that cannot have the font color or size changed or steps but no ramps for wheelchairs. This essay describes issues for patrons with disabilities in accessing library services and resources. There are several ways to improve the accessibility of libraries. This essay highlights challenges for those with visual, auditory, and mobility disabilities and describes ways to address these challenges and thus give those with disabilities a more equitable, inclusive library experience.

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Kenneth D. Litwak

References and Instructional Services Librarian for Gateway Seminary

In addition to an MLIS, I hold an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from the University of Bristol (Trinity College)