Enabling Group

The Enabling Group formed to facilitate a sharing of good practice for library staff who support disabled customers.

Definition of ‘enabling’:

  • To enable equal access to information & resources for disabled customers.

Membership:

  • Staff with responsibilities for/interest in disabled customers of the libraries within the Northern Collaboration.

Terms of reference:

  • To share best practice, knowledge & experience, which will be achieved via the Enabling JISCMail group
  • Face to face meetings to be held at least once a year, hosted & chaired by member libraries on rotation
  • To explore new initiatives which would enhance the library experience of disabled customers
  • To act as an advisory group for Northern Collaboration projects on accessibility issues, as required

Projects:

Enabling Group Benchmarking Survey

In January 2020 The Northern Collaboration Enabling Group carried out an extensive benchmarking survey among our member institutions, covering a wide range of elements involved in inclusive library support. 

The completed surveys contain several examples of good practice and a number of common themes and trends in inclusive library support also emerge.  

A PDF version of the Benchmarking Survey Report is available for download; if you would like more information about the survey or to access a copy of the full data, please contact the group co-chairs, Paul Conway or Katherine Coussement.

Chairs: Katherine Coussement and Paul Conway