Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Abstract

Libraries facilities and resources are expected to be accessible to patrons including people with disabilities. The experience in Nigeria appears to dictate otherwise.This study therefore examines the extent of inclusion and exclusion of persons with visual impairment with respect to access the contents of websites of Nigerian academic libraries. Data used for this study were derived from content analysis of websites of the first top ten universities in the webometric ranking of universities in Nigeria, The analysis was based on the checklist of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). This study discovered that only two of the top ten university libraries in Nigeria have web links on disability resources for persons with disabilities. The study shows a high level of exclusion of persons with visual impairments in the websites of the leading university libraries in Nigeria. The findings suggests that the websites of the leading university libraries in Nigeria require additional information to be considered inclusive. The study concludes with recommendations and implications for policy formulation concerning the need for a more inclusive culture in the university libraries to accommodate persons with visual impairment.

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