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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Green, Ravonne A.
Author's Email Address ravonneg@hotmail.com
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
  • technologies
  • libraries
  • disabilities
  • postsecondary
Date of Defense 1999-10-18
Availability unrestricted
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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