Adopting Universal Design in Libraries: Collaborating for Student Success

Adopting Universal Design in Libraries: Collaborating for Student Success

Presenter:

Rebecca Arzola, Assistant Professor, Government Documents-Collection Development Librarian, Library; & Stefanie Havelka, Assistant Professor, Electronic Resources-Web Services Librarian, Library, Lehman College

Abstract:

This presentation provides an overview of accessible features in library research databases, computer technology, mobile devices, and apps. The presenters report on their collaboration with Lehman College’s Access and Technology Center and Student Disability Services to share how to better approach issues and challenges in order to more successfully support students’ access needs. The presentation also considers the following questions: How can we more effectively apply Universal Design features to support student retention and success? How can we share and communicate our experience and expertise to ensure our students’ accessibility needs are met? What innovative approaches facilitate collaboration between CUNY faculty, students, administrators, disability services providers, and libraries?

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