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Vision Impairment and the College Library(ies)

Hello all.

Starting January 12, 2009, I will be a Public Relations intern for my campus library. A large part of my internship is going to be updating our staff training to include assisting patrons with various disabilities. Because I work in the library now, I am beginning to be unaware of the challenges that our students with disabilities face when using our facility. Through training, I have gained access to many resources which students must work with staff in order to obtain. I am working on creating a handbook for our staff which outlines potential access problems which our students face and solutions to those problems.

I need your help.

By answering a few questions, you will help me to better my campus library. Thank you, in advance, to those of you who offer input. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to email me at and use the title of this discussion board as the subject. Thank you and I look forward to your responses.

1. What is your visual acuity?

2. When using a library, what tasks do you find the most challenging and why?

3. What types of services are available at your library to help you access its resources?

4. Does your library have Assistive Technology?

If so, which programs, equipment?

5. Does the staff at your library know how to help you?

6. How does the staff at your library treat you when you ask for assistance?

7. Do staff members know Sighted Guide?

8. If anything, what would you change about your campus library in terms of accessibility for people with vision impairments?

9. What suggestions would you give your library staff?

10. Any other comments / suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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