Session Title

Fluid Choices: Sustainable Accessible Reference for a Diverse Community

Description

What do you do when the community your library serves includes your own organization's staff, students of all ages, researchers, educational professionals and members of the larger community both in the United States and around the world? How do you provide the best access when many patrons have particular needs around accessibility, resource format, and Internet access? The Hayes Research Library at the Perkins School for the Blind provides research support on topics including blindness education, deafblindness, multiple disabilities, accessibility, and other non-medical topics through reference services, digital archive materials, and on-site collections. Resources include one of the largest public non-medical collection about blindness and blindness education, an extensive digital archives collection, and many primary and secondary source materials. This session will discuss accessible and non-accessible formats and approaches, as well as how to evaluate an incoming question to provide the best resources and material types for a particular patron's needs and questions.

Start Date

16-3-2016 2:15 PM

End Date

16-3-2016 3:15 PM

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Fluid Choices: Sustainable Accessible Reference for a Diverse Community

What do you do when the community your library serves includes your own organization's staff, students of all ages, researchers, educational professionals and members of the larger community both in the United States and around the world? How do you provide the best access when many patrons have particular needs around accessibility, resource format, and Internet access? The Hayes Research Library at the Perkins School for the Blind provides research support on topics including blindness education, deafblindness, multiple disabilities, accessibility, and other non-medical topics through reference services, digital archive materials, and on-site collections. Resources include one of the largest public non-medical collection about blindness and blindness education, an extensive digital archives collection, and many primary and secondary source materials. This session will discuss accessible and non-accessible formats and approaches, as well as how to evaluate an incoming question to provide the best resources and material types for a particular patron's needs and questions.