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Libraries and Reading

by Matthew Conner, Leah Plocharczyk

Libraries and Reading Synopsis

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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789733860
Publication date: 23rd January 2020
Author: Matthew Conner, Leah Plocharczyk
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 184 pages
Categories: Community & outreach services, Public libraries,

About Matthew Conner, Leah Plocharczyk

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 ...

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