Making Your Library More Accessible

Individuals with disabilities are an important part of the communities our library’s serve. Unfortunately, library spaces and services are not always tailored to meet their needs and ensure that they are included in everything that the library has to offer.

Our upcoming eCourse “Building an Accessible and Inclusive Library Community” will teach techniques and strategies for make your library accessible for patrons with disabilities and how to foster an inclusive community that is welcoming and engaging for these patrons. Through a combination of discussions, assignments, and projects that are tailored to the needs of your combination of discussions, assignments, and projects that are tailored to the needs of your library, you will not only expand your understanding of accessibility and inclusion, but also develop a collection of tolls that you can implement at your library.

By the end of the course, the participant will be able to :

  1. Conduct successful outreach to patrons with disabilities, including communicating effectively with individuals with disabilities and developing accessible outreach materials
  2. Develop training documents and best practices/policies for staff at their libraries to ensure consistently high quality service for patrons with disabilities.
  3. Evaluate the accessibility of existing spaces and services and make improvements with low or no budget.

This course is designed for anyone who is interested in making their library more inclusive for patrons with disabilities, though it will be particularly relevant for library managers and public services staff.

Don’t hesitate to register! The eCourse begins on Monday, March 18, 2019.  For more information and to register visit here, http://www.ala.org/asgcla/building-accessible-and-inclusive-library-community-0

 

 

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