October 10, 2007 Center for the Book To Host Program on Library Accessibility on Oct. 17
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Architect John P.S. Salmen and librarians Nancy Davenport and Rosemary Kelly will discuss how libraries are working to improve services for patrons who have disabilities at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Hosted by the Center for the Book, in cooperation with the Library of Congress Reference Roundtable, the program is part of the Library’s celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. Salmen is the author of “Everyone’s Welcome: The American Disabilities Act and Museums,” which was published by the American Association of Museums in 1998. Before becoming interim director of library services at the D.C. Public Library, Davenport held several administrative positions at the Library of Congress and served as president of the Council on Library and Information Resources. Kelly is head of the Records Research and Certifications Section in the Copyright Office’s Information and Records Division. She also chairs the Library of Congress Reference Roundtable. A special display from the Library’s collections highlighting disability history will be on view in the Madison Building foyer throughout the month. The Library has also launched an online resource page at www.loc.gov/topics/disabilityawareness/ to recognize the contributions of disabled Americans to society and the nation’s workforce. The Center for the Book was created by law in 1977 to use the Library’s resources to promote books and reading. For information about its program, publications and national reading promotion partnership networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook/.