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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library

This guide provides diversity resources and services to students, faculty, and library staff.

When Antiracist Reading Lists Aren't Enough

American Sign Language for Librarians

Always Use the Microphone

Deibel offers these challenges to grasping accessibility issues in libraries:

  • Accessibility is Complex. "[Libraries] have many working parts with working parts underneath," she said. Physical spaces, people, holdings, and technology all need to be accessible.
  • Disability is Diverse. There are many types of disability that affect people to a different extent and in different combinations.
  • Motivation. People react well to positive encouragement, but often don't follow through. Meanwhile punishing people for non-compliance creates ill will.
  • Myths are Prevalent. "Sometimes you have to have a sense of reality," she said. It's impossible to make something 100% accessible to everyone, and it's a myth that things that aren't accessible can't be used at all by people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are required for a reason; it's impossible to meet every need all of the time.

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