Hello folks - I'm am posting this to ADAPT-L and AXSLIB-L. Please excuse
the duplication if it affects you.
One of my current projects at the University of Washington Libraries is to
revise the Libraries' policy and brochures on services to people with
disabilities. As part of this process I am also investigating and
recommending organizational structures for providing these services. How
does your library handle this operationally/personnel-wise? I'm from an
academic library, but I'm interested in hearing from all types of
libraries. I will summarize for the list. From my conversations with
people at ALA-Midwinter there are currently several organizational models:
1.) A reference librarian is assigned primary responsibility for assisting
patrons with disabilities in addition to his/her other responsibilities.
Typically patrons are referred to this librarian, she/he create brochures
and his/her name is posted in the policy and brochures. The librarian may
also ensure that other staff are trained in policies, procedures and
special equipment in this area. The librarian serves as the primary
liaison to the disabled student services office. They may have some
responsibility for adaptive technology equipment in the library.
2.) The director of public services has as one of her/his responsibilities
"ADA Coordinator". They coordinate with disabled student services and a
liaison librarian in each branch who is responsible for services in that
Please let me know what model use you. Also, if you have a job
description for this responsibility, or if a section of your policy on
services to people with disabilities includes duties and administrative
structure it would be helpful to get a copy.
Thank you for your assistance. I'm looking forward to hearing from you
and hope this is of interest to the list. -Beth
Beth M. Fraser
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900 Allen First Tower
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
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