A Practical Introduction to Universal Design for Libraries


Librarians make choices which impact users every day. Universal design can help intentionally support accessibility, equity, and better experiences for all users, including those from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds and lived experiences, and in a variety of circumstances. This presentation will discuss how to apply universal design principles to improve equity and accessibility in library instruction, digital resources, and public services. We will share practical examples from our small, private academic library that can be adapted at other libraries and institutions as we examine the interrelated concepts of accessibility and equity through the framework of universal design.

  • Laura Baird, Pacific University Library
  • Tatiana Piatanova, Pacific University, Senior Instructional Designer
  • Josie Ragolia, Pacific University Library

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