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Library and Information Services



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Reference Services Review


As librarians strive for inclusivity in their services and spaces, it is important to remember those with visible and invisible disabilities. This special issue of Reference Services Review focuses on the ways in which librarians have developed services and programs to better serve people with disabilities.

The Disability Rights Section of the US Justice Department defines a person with a disability as:
[...] a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment (US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 2009).
The World Health Organization’s “International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health” (ICF) also addresses the importance of context in defining disability, including environmental factors, cultures and settings (World Health Organization, 2018).


"Library Services for People with Disabilities" is the Guest Editorial for the Special Issue of Reference Services Review, Library Services to People with Disabilities, guest co-edited by Theresa Arndt.

This author post-print is made available on Dickinson Scholar with the permission of the publisher. For more information on the published version, visit Emerald Insight's Website.