Author: Philippa Price, Samantha Oakley and Bernie Williams
In collaboration with Swansea University’s Autistic Spectrum Condition Practitioners, Information Services and Systems (ISS) has produced two accessible library guides – one for the Library and Information Centre (LIC) at Singleton Campus and one for Bay Library. The guides highlight aspects of the buildings that may be challenging for students on the autistic spectrum, but they are also useful for anyone who feels daunted or anxious about coming into the library.
The libraries house many key services and resources as well as extensive book collections to support learning. Students must be able to comfortably navigate the buildings in order to access these resources successfully. The new guides have photos and descriptions of different areas within each library to help familiarize students with what to expect. They also explain where to get help when needed and where to go for the best advice on accessing the resources they need.
Our proposed poster would outline our inspiration for the guides as well as the advice we received from the university’s specialist practitioners. It would show how we looked at our libraries with ‘new eyes’. We would like to use this opportunity to spread awareness of our guides and perhaps encourage other services to consider producing their own inclusive guide for students.