Library Employee Views of Disability and Accessibility

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Abstract

This study sought to explore library employee attitudes toward people with disabilities and accessibility. It also aimed to determine the training needs of current library employees. A survey with both quantitative and qualitative questions was developed and snowball sampling was used. Analysis of both types of data indicates that librarians across library types generally feel unprepared to work with patrons with disabilities. Based on the results, there are several recommendations for improvement within the profession, including creating a more robust training program focused on accessibility and disability, examining policies from local through national levels, and improving recruitment and retention of people with disabilities into the profession.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalJournal of Library Administration
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 6 2020

Keywords

  • disability
  • library employees
  • accessibility
  • survey

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