Library Building Accessibility Assessment
Do you know if your library facilities are accessible? Can your disabled patrons plan their trips easily? This presentation will share the process we developed to assess the accessibility of library buildings, a template for doing the assessment, and a template for reporting the results to key decision makers. We also share how we communicate potential barriers to patrons to assist with their trip planning. The method is scalable for one or multiple buildings and can accommodate any size library.
Andy AndrewsAssistant Director of Academic Services, University of Washington
Andy Andrews (he/they) is a passionate accessibility advocate with over a decade of experience in Higher Education. He recently joined the University of Washington’s Disability Resources for Students as the new Assistant Director for Academic Services. After spending the past four years working as the Accessibility Coordinator for the UW Libraries, he was ready to take on new challenges and return to working directly with students. As someone who identifies as disabled, he personally understands the impact the right accommodations can have on someone’s academic and professional career. He and his partner, Marie, live in South Seattle and have two tiny but mighty dogs, Rocky and Moose.
Hana LevayCollection Assessment Librarian, University of Washington
Hana Levay is the Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of Washington, where she has worked in various roles since 2006. She has been focusing on accessibility in libraries for the past three years. She is on the Library Accessibility Alliance Testing subcommittee. Her other professional interests include bibliometrics, “Big Deal” journal package negotiation, and data analysis. She was previously co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Maintenance Committee. Like many others, she grew her own sourdough starter in March 2020 and still makes a weekly loaf of sourdough.