Type of Document Dissertation Author Green, Ravonne A. Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-112299-152317 Title Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Print Disabilities in Academic Libraries Degree PhD Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Gillespie, Diane Newkirk Committee Chair Asselin, Susan B. Committee Member Crockett, Jean B. Committee Member Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Member Reilly, Virginia J. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1999-10-18 Availability restricted AbstractASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH
PRINT DISABILITIES IN ACADEMIC LIBRARIES
This study identifies substantive issues and suggests guidelines for using assistive
technology (AT) in academic libraries. The Delphi Technique was used with a panel of
librarians, disability service providers, and AT experts to determine these issues and
guidelines for AT services in academic libraries. There were 55 substantive issues
identified by a panel of experts for providing appropriate AT in an academic library
setting. Some of these issues included training opportunities, providing adequate funding
for the purchase and maintenance of AT, funding for staff in-service training and training
for individuals with disabilities, evaluation of AT services, and including individuals with
disabilities in AT decision making. Accessibility and marketing issues also emerged.
A professional panel consisting of 12 library, AT, and disability services experts
developed guidelines for these issues. The panel rated the desirability of the guidelines
using a Likert-type scale (1= important, 2=relevant problem, 3= insignificantly relevant
problem, and 4=no relevance). All issues and guidelines receiving two-thirds of the
responding panelists' ratings were included in the important and relevant categories.
It was predicted that if librarians plan AT services and training, and market AT
services using a collaborative approach that would include librarians, faculty, staff and
students with disabilities that AT services could be better provided for students with print
disabilities. The panel suggested that funding issues may be resolved in some cases by
working cooperatively with other departments and community agencies.
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