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At its core, interlibrary loan is about access to information. But are we succeeding for our patrons with disabilities? Are our systems, practices, and deliverables meeting the needs of all of our users? While much has been written and explored concerning obtaining special format materials, less has been written concerning the usability of our resource sharing systems for disabled persons. Assistive, or mainstream, technologies and Universal Design are popular discussions among disability and web design specialists. Likewise, in a discipline where accessibility and technology often guide our progress, resource sharing librarians should be aware of these issues in regards to our own systems.

This session will be an open discussion for all attendees to ask questions and share information and successes with regards to accessibility. Topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to, obtaining special format materials, user interfaces and adaptive technology, and assistive workstations. Please come prepared to share thoughts and ideas with your resource sharing colleagues!

Are we succeeding in providing access to our users with disabilities? Do we obtain accessible materials, use universal design in our systems, and provide the assistive technology to use interlibrary loan? Join other resource sharing specialists to have an open discussion about making interlibrary loan accessible to all. Please come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas. Together, we may be able to answer many of our questions.


Library and Information Science


Presented at the 2014 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference in Perrysburg, OH on June 6, 2014.