UT Libraries E-Forum: A Library for Everyone

Strategies for libraries to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities

Presented by Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations Officer at the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Join the UT Libraries for the next e-Forum lecture on Wednesday, December 6, featuring Judith M. Dixon, consumer relations officer for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress. Ms. Dixon will present A Library for Everyone: strategies for libraries to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities. The lecture will begin at 1:30 in room 605 of the John C. Hodges Library and is free and open to the public.

Judith M. Dixon is a leader in advancing access to printed and electronic formats and an authority on adapting library and information services for persons with visual disabilities. As part of the NLS, she plays a major role in developing digital libraries and talking books, and also consults with a consortium of 144 libraries about their consumer-related activities.

Founded in 1931, the NLS administers a free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores, in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment.

Dr. Dixon has published and presented extensively on the topic of library accessibility for the disabled. She has also received many honors for her work, most recently winning the Francis Joseph Campbell Award from the American Library Association for her advocacy for access to printed information. She has worked at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped since 1981 and has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University.

For more information about this event, please contact

Pauline Bayne
Interim Assistant Dean, University Libraries
607 Hodges Library
865-974-6600
pbayne@nullutk.edu

or

Donna Braquet
Life Sciences Reference Librarian
152 Hodges Library
865-974-0016
dbraquet@nullutk.edu

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