An Eye-Opening Look at the Challenges of Assisting Visually Impaired Patrons with Electronic Legal Research (E4)

Date + Time: Monday, July 15, 2019: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speakers: Susan deMaine, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library; Rena Seidler, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library

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Given the complexity of legal research databases, visually impaired researchers need extensive help from law librarians in their research. Based on actual experiences, discover how teaching a student who is totally blind can be frustrating, yet inspiring and enlightening. Through the use of video and audio clips, participants will get a firsthand account of the student’s experience and learn about a blind practicing attorney. This program will help law librarians improve their teaching and training of blind patrons and assess the accessibility of major research databases and assistive technologies. This is an opportunity to differentiate accessible from usable, and strategize on providing the best quality research support for these patrons.

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