1-We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
ALA Code of Ethics
ALA Recommendations: Talk with your community through holding community surveys either at the library or in a space which is comfortable and accessible to best understand what’s needed.
-If in doubt about language, become person first and find out from the community you’re addressing what they prefer.
-At the moment the ALA’s ADA Library Kit is out of print but as it was published in 1992, it would be quite out of date.
-Ideas from it can be helpful in presenting ways to approach accessibility within a library community.
-ALA has put together a list of links and communities to help in terms of issues and actions:
Crash course in library services to people with disabilities / Ann Roberts and Richard J. Smith.: This book provides helpful rubrics for assessing your library and making an accessibility plan.
Alliance for Technology Access – help individuals meet their needs through adaptive technologies: Offer tools and literature for public service organizations (such as libraries) to help make decisions about adaptive technologies. ataaccess.org
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (rid.org): can help your library find a local ASL interpreter if one is needed for library programming.
Independent Living Research Utilization: A nationwide organization that works to increase the independence of individuals with disabilities, providing education and consultation. The directory (directory) will help you find the ILRU organization closest to your library.
LibriVox (librivox.org): A crowdsource project working to record free versions audiobooks of all books available in the public domain, and is a good resource for librarians to be aware of as a way to supplement their audiobook collections.
Satterfield, Brian. 2007. “How to Test a Web Site for Accessibility: A Step-by-Step Guide for Determining Whether Your Website is Accessible to Persons with Disabilities” pdf here :A great guide for testing website accessibility.
Library Services and Technology Act
– Federal program exclusively for libraries. Administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funds are allocated to state libraries; subgrants are used to distribute money to smaller libraries within the state.
Information can be found: IMLS ALA
Additional information can be found through your state library.
Institute of Museum and Library Services has offered grant funding to libraries with accessibility projects. Further information is available here: IMLS