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Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design

Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design

This guide covers both Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning and includes real examples of how libraries have used these principles to create more welcoming environments and programming. Featuring a mix of examples, case studies, and checklists, Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design is for those who are new to accessibility and inclusion work. Examples discussed cover a range of types of projects for all budgets, from major renovations to in-house signage design projects. It offers a thorough and engaging introduction to with concrete examples of how these principles can be applied at libraries of all sizes, types, and budgets. It will leave readers confident of steps that they can take at their library to improve inclusion at any price point.

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[This] would be an excellent choice for either an undergraduate and graduate foundational textbook/how-to guide for courses on Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. It is well-written and presents a solid review of core relevant literature in a very accessible fashion, while also shaping best practice.

The first half of the book (Chapters 1-7) focuses squarely on Universal Design, including why Universal Design is important, specifics of how to incorporate Universal Design in library settings (using concrete examples to underscore its importance), and then a series of case studies (Chapter 6) followed by a comprehensive checklist for applying Universal Design in library settings (Chapter 7). This checklist alone is incredibly valuable for aiding libraries as they make decisions about library projects with architects and other partners. The checklist covers specific areas of concern, including entrances, fixtures, lighting, furniture, signage, but also includes questions that will help when designing services and programming, developing the collection, and even hiring and professional development.

Chapters 8-13 repeat the same structure but with a focus on Universal Design for Learning, doubling the value of this book. She clearly explains the concepts of multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression and her case studies and checklist guide the reader through decision-making that ‘considers factors far beyond a user’s abilities’.

Kim M. Thompson, PhD, professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs, School of Information Science, College of Information and Communication, University of South Carolina