Ace New Library Services for the Intellectually Disabled (ID) by Betting on Sound Theory and Practice

This presentation provides data on collection practices and instructional methods for the intellectually disabled (ID) and relates them to theories of special education. The information is drawn from a longstanding case study at an academic library supplemented by data from over 50 similar programs in public libraries and colleges.



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Matthew Conner, University of California, Davis

Matt Conner has a Ph.D. in English and an M.L.S. He is a former president of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC) and author of The New University Library: 4 Case Studies (ALA, 2014). He is currently a librarian at the University of California, Davis, focusing on instruction and reference.


Leah Plocharczyk, Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Leah Plocharczyk is the Assistant Director of the John D. MacArthur Campus Library at FAU's Jupiter campus. She has hosted book clubs for the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion students since spring of 2016. Her research interests are Leadership, Conflict Management, and Library and Community Outreach to the Intellectually Disabled.

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