New, Free Report From ALA and Knology: “Accessibility in Libraries: A Landscape Review”

From the American Libraries Association:

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the non-profit research organization Knology, has published a review of the literature and best practices around libraries and accessibility.

The free report, “Accessibility in Libraries: A Landscape Report,” is created as a part of ALA’s longtime Libraries Transforming Communities initiative.

In its 31 pages, the report explores:

  • the several ways disability has been understood and defined over time (the “medical model” vs. the “social model”)
  • the history of accessibility in U.S. libraries, dating back to the nineteenth century
  • the present landscape of accessibility and its different applications in library settings today
  • the resources which can be available and mostly used to incorporate individuals with different sorts of disabilities into library programs and services


Starting November 1, the ALA Public Programs Office will accept applications for grants in the quantity of $10,000 and $20,000. The chance, Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, is open to any style of library within the U.S. and U.S. territories that serves a small and rural community.

Learn More, Read the Complete Publication Announcement

Direct to Report: “Accessibility in Libraries: A Landscape Report
31 pages; PDF.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, author, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based within the Washington D.C. metro area.

He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Yr from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Gary can be the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.


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