May 27, 2022

Journal Article: “An Exploration of Partnerships Between Disability Service Units and Academic Libraries”

The following article was recently published by Collaborative Librarianship.


An Exploration of Partnerships Between Disability Service Units and Academic Libraries


Susan Murphy
University of Saskatchewan

Dale Ameru
University of Saskatchewan

Chloe Corcoran
University of Saskatchewan


Collaborative Librarianship
Vol. 11 No. 2 (2019)


The University of Saskatchewan’s University Library has been partnering with its institution’s Disability Services unit for almost twenty-five years to provide space and equipment for students with disabilities in some of its library locations. This partnership has grown from piloting a Kurzweil reader, to the development of multiple assistive technology and exam writing rooms, to the recent creation of a multi-purpose room. These library spaces complement spaces Disability Services has within its own office suite and reflect the growth in the number of students registered with them, a widening spectrum of disabilities, and a collaborative desire to make disability services and resources more accessible. A literature scan revealed a small number of articles about partnerships, many of which were in response to legislation. A survey directed at North American post-secondary institutions’ Disability Services employees surfaced further information about partnerships, but did not reveal any common best practices. With the increase in the number of students with disabilities attending academic institutions and a changing landscape of what is defined as a disability, how and how well academic libraries and Disability Services units are partnering to respond to these changes appears to require further exploration and assessment.

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