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Beyond Books Project

The Importance of Inclusive and Accessible Library Spaces

Beyond Books

"Beyond Books" is the senior thesis project of student researchers Alexis Juarez and Carly Golding. This project will culminate in an online display in the form of a LibGuide featuring resources on accessibility and dis/ability. The resources that were originally featured in a physical display at the ASU Hayden Library will be available for viewing on this page and are accessible via the tabs on the left hand side of this page. 

The project is based on the understanding that libraries have historical and contemporary importance as public spaces that serve a purpose beyond storing books; they are cultural hubs where people can meet members of their community and gain free access to knowledge/personal development. However, we are making the claim that these spaces —  specifically these spaces at ASU — could be better designed to include the entire community.

Your feedback is valuable to us, as it will inform how we structure our interactive display and what perspectives/information we include to further the conversation about dis/ability, inclusion, and accessibility at Arizona State University. If you have questions about the project or how the student data collected during this project will be stored/used, the researchers can be reached anytime Thank you for your feedback and participation to improve accessibility in the ASU community!









Thesis Defense Presentation

Physical Display Photo

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