January 24, 2022

Now Available (Full Text) From ARL: Accessibility and Universal Design, SPEC Kit 358

The following SPEC Kit was released online today by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).


Accessibility and Universal Design, SPEC Kit 358 


Carli Spina
Boston College

Margaret Cohen
Boston College


2018-05-02_11-18-56The 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.

DOI: 10.29242/spec.358

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