Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas Libraries

Welcome to the Diversity Library Guide.This library guide aims to provide diversity resources and services to students, faculty, and library staff.

Center for Educational Access

The Center for Educational Access (CEA) serves as the central campus resource for the University community in regards to students with disabilities and accommodations to remove barriers to access. For more information on services and resources, please check out their website.

Popular Sources on Disability

President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House on July 26, 1990. "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down," he said that day. Barry Thumma/AP

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Deibel offers these challenges to grasping accessibility issues in libraries:

  • Accessibility is complex. “[Libraries] have many working parts with working parts underneath,” she said. Physical spaces, people, holdings, and technology all need to be accessible.
  • Disability is diverse. There are many types of disability that affect people to a different extent and in different combinations.
  • Motivation. People react well to positive encouragement, but often don’t follow through. Meanwhile punishing people for noncompliance creates ill will.
  • Myths are prevalent. “Sometimes you have to have a sense of reality,” she said. It’s impossible to make something 100% accessible to everyone, and it’s a myth that things that aren’t accessible can’t be used at all by people with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are required for a reason: It’s impossible to meet every need all of the time.

Online Resources on People with Disabilities

Books from the Diversity Collection

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