My article reference is:
Kaeding, J., Velasquez, D., Price, D., (2017) ‘Public libraries and access for children with disabilities and their families: A proposed inclusive library model’ in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.
The first 50 people will have free access to the article using the link below.
I would love to hear what you think.
Wonderful discussions following my presentation at University of Missouri. Students and faculty were very aware of and interested in the issues of my research. Thank you for your enthusiasm.
My amazing Canadian counterpart, Tess Prendergast, and I standing in front of our advertisement for our shared presentation.
Tess Prendergast is a PhD candidate at UBC, researching the topic: Early literacy in the lives of children with disabilities. Tess and I met in 2014 at the American Library Associations conference for children's library services (ASLC) at San Francisco. It was amazing to meet the only other person in the western world undertaking doctoral research in the same area. Tess and I have been corresponding ever since and this was our first opportunity to present together. Thank you UBC for inviting me to visit your beautiful University, to meet your students, staff and faculty, and to share my research.
If your are interested in reading some of Tess' work, she has an article in the latest edition of the U.S. journal, Library Trends, vol.65, no.1.
This is the link to the inclusive services at Brooklyn Public Library that I mentioned in my ALIA presentation.
Here are the facebook and twitter pages for the Brooklyn Public Library programs for children with special needs program.
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If you saw me at ALIA and want to read the report from my U.S. and Canada research please find attached the online link.
Here is the description of my presentation for the ALIA 2016 conference in Adelaide.
Opening access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families
Joanne Kaeding, University of South AustraliaConcurrent session 10
Wednesday 31 August 2016, 11:30am - 11:55am
Public libraries are safe and trusted public spaces where everyone is welcome... (Australian Library and Information Association Public Libraries Advisory Committee 2012, p.5).
Unfortunately, this is not always the experience of children with special needs and their families.
With scholarships from ALIA, the State Government of South Australia and Libraries SA I visited eighteen public libraries and two cultural institutions in the United States and Canada. This presentation is the results of that research. The objectives were to:
Results of data showed:
The inclusive libraries model provides an entry point and structure for public libraries wanting to improve access for children with special needs and their families.
Paper - Available after the conference close.
Presentation - Available after the conference close.
Video - Available after the conference close.
It is here - the report from my research trip to Canada and the United States in 2014. Thank you to the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship, South Australian Public Libraries, ALIA, Adelaide Hills Council, my wonderful family and all of the fantasitic librarians I visited.
Please find attached the online link to my report ‘Opening access to public libraries for children with special needs and their families’.
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