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Universal Web Access: Role of Academic Libraries

, New Jersey City University, United States ; , Law Offices of Oliver Zhou, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


American libraries have a long history of supporting equal access right for everyone to learning, education and research. People with disabilities, however, face new barriers to access information in Internet age. American statutory laws and case law only provide a basic legal protection of the digital equal access right to people with disabilities. Academic libraries can take this opportunity to play a leadership role by employing a collaborative model in promoting equal right to access web based information for people with disabilities. They can set up policy and procedure, expand their efforts to search for universally operable, low-cost technology to make their websites accessible to disabled students, train librarians and staff to tackle disability-related issues and better serve people with disabilities, thereby making them a more productive force in our society.


Chou, M. & Zhou, O. (2008). Universal Web Access: Role of Academic Libraries. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 6363-6368). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 3, 2022 from .