Universal Design at Your Library
This presentation will introduce the principles of Universal Design and offer concrete advice for how to apply each of the principles at any library.
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As we work to ensure that our library spaces, services, and programs are welcoming to all members of the community, it is important to know how to design for inclusion. The principles of Universal Design offer guidance on how to design in ways that prioritize usability and accessibility for all. This presentation will introduce the concept of Universal Design, explain how it contrasts with accessibility, and offer concrete advice for how to apply each of the principles of Universal Design at any library. The examples and ideas provided will focus on high-impact changes that can be done within a range of budgets from low (or even no) cost ideas to advice for planning for large-scale renovation projects.
Presented by: Carli Spina, Associate Professor and Head of Research & Instructional Services, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Author, Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design
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Related Resources and Links
- Creating Inclusive Libraries by Applying Universal Design, by Carli Spina
- The 7 Principles of Universal Design (pdf), Center For Excellence in Universal Design
- Design Inclusive Spaces with Accessibility and Universal Design, by Carli Spina, originally published as chapter 15 of "Designing Libraries for the 21st Century," by the Association of College and Research Libraries, 2022
- Spina, Carli. 2017. “Libraries and Universal Design”. Theological Librarianship 10 (1):5-7. https://doi.org/10.31046/tl.v10i1.464.
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- The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman
- Alexander, H., & McNamara, B. (2022, March 8). How Accessibility Statements Create a Better Library User Experience [Webinar]. CHOICE 360
- Shea, G. & Derry, S. (2019) How do we help? Academic libraries and students with autism spectrum disorder. [Paper]. ACRL 19th National Conference, “Recasting the Narrative,” Cleveland, Ohio. http://hdl.handle.net/11213/17652
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31 March 2023
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
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