Libraries and Reading: Intellectual Disability and the Extent of Library Diversity

Matthew Conner
University of California, Davis, USA

Leah Plocharczyk
Florida Atlantic University, USA

Product Details
23 Jan 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 152 x 229mm
Libraries are supposed to serve all people in the community, but some still struggle to provide support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In an age of increasing social consciousness and awareness of diversity, individuals with IDD deserve the greatest attention and support to achieve equality, yet how to do so remains a legitimate question as most library services are not yet prepared to offer the help needed.

In Libraries and Reading, expert authors Matthew Conner and Leah Plocharczyk examine the modern history of libraries and diversity, the recent legislative history of those with IDD such as No Child Left Behind and mainstreaming policies; learning theories such as social constructivism, cognitivism, preliteracy, and Universal Design for Learning; and case studies of library outreach around the globe. Including real-world examples, they show how we can make big changes through small steps. 

In a climate of tightened budgets and severe demands on public literacy resources, the moral imperative of helping those with IDD runs up against practical barriers. Conner and Plocharczyk go to the foundations of social justice in Cultural Studies to show how the means of integrating those with disabilities into libraries and communities can be found in our everyday practices.
Chapter 1. The History of Libraries and Literacy in the United States 
Chapter 2. Current Issues of Persons with ID and New Approaches 
Chapter 3. Educational Theory and Individuals with ID 
Chapter 4. Case Studies of Book Clubs for the ID in Academic and Public Libraries 
Chapter 5. Social Justice, Individuals with ID, and Librarianship
Matthew Conner has an M.L.S., an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. He is the author of The New University Library: 4 Case Studies (ALA, 2014) and former President of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). He is currently Student Services Librarian at the University of California, Davis where he serves as the subject liaison for the University Writing Program (UWP). 
Leah Plocharczyk has an M.L.S. and an M.A. in Sociology. She is an Associate University Librarian, and the Interim Director of the John D. MacArthur Campus library for Florida Atlantic University, where she oversees all library operations. She is active in leadership and mentoring students, and she greatly enjoys running a book club for students with intellectual disabilities.

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