DECEMBER 2012 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
16 no. 11 (Nov. 7, 2011), http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/
12 Government Accountability Office, Higher Education and Disability: Education Needs a Coordinated
Approach to Improve its Assistance to Schools in Supporting Students, report GA-10-33 (Washington, DC:
GAO, Oct. 2009), http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1033.pdf.
13 “Participation and Activity Limitation Survey: Education Experiences of Children with Disabilities,”
Statistics Canada, May 27, 2008, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/080527/dq080527a-eng.
14 Reading Rights Coalition, http://www.readingrights.org/.
15 “Vision Loss from Eye Diseases Will Increase as Americans Age,” press release, National
Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, April 12, 2004, http://www.nei.nih.gov/news/
16 “Making Museums and Libraries More Accessible,” Institute of Museum and Library Services, Feb.
8, 2011, http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/Making%20MusLibAccessible.pdf.
17 There have been two recent challenges to public library practices. The Department of Justice entered
into a settlement agreement between the United States, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB),
and the Sacramento (CA) Public Library Authority (August 28, 2012). The agreement found that
the library’s deployment of inaccessible e-readers violated Title II of the ADA. The library may no
longer acquire non-accessible e-readers, is required to purchase accessible devices, and in the near
future load these with content substantially equivalent to that on the inaccessible e-readers already
in circulation and more. In May 2012, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia, with
the assistance of the NFB, filed suit against the library for providing inaccessible e-readers. The
lawsuit has been resolved and the terms of the settlement call for the library to acquire 10 accessible
e-readers to supplement the devices it has already purchased, and within four years to use only
accessible e-reading devices. Finally, the library will include an accessibility requirement in its
technology procurement contracts.
18 ADA Settlements and Consent Agreements, US Department of Justice, http://www.ada.gov/
21 “Dear Colleague Letter,” Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, May 26, 2011, http://
22 “University of Montana Students with Disabilities File Complaint over Inaccessible Online
Course Components” Global Accessibility News, Sept. 18, 2012, http://globalaccessibilitynews.