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Urban Library Journal 15.2 2009

Information Literacy and Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Rebecca Adler Schiff


In the summer of 2007, as part of the City University of New York PeopleTech Summer Institute held at Baruch College, the author taught a class in information literacy to a group of blind and visually impaired students, using assistive technology to access the resources of the college library. Despite considerable preparation and experience, teaching the class presented unexpected difficulties, detailed in this paper. Rapid advances in information literacy technology present unusual challenges for the average student—challenges that are magnified when the intermediate assistive technology is itself not easy to master. The author explores the pertinent literature.

Keywords: Information literacy, assistive technology, blind and visually impaired learners, Web accessibility