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Universal Design for Library Instruction

Proposal No: 2959

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  • Melissa Green, Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian, University of Alabama

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This session will provide an introduction to Universal Design for Learning- guidelines for curriculum development that give users of all abilities equal opportunities to learn- and how its principles can be applied to library instruction.


Librarians deliver instruction in physical and online classrooms, workshops and course-integrated sessions, guides and tutorials, reference transactions and research consultations, teaching users how to find, evaluate, and use information. Access to information is a core value of librarianship, and the American Library Association encourages universal design strategies to develop inclusive resources and services. Library instructors can also employ a universal design approach by applying its principles to learning. The presentation will address using LibGuides, tutorials, and accessible instructional materials to provide multiple means of representation; multiple means of action and expression in the one-hour "one-shot" session; and developing assessments that provide multiple means of engagement while measuring learning outcomes. The How Do You Teach? checklist will be introduced, and attendees will leave with tools to help them ensure full access for learners of all abilities.


  1. What Universal Design for Learning is and how UDL principles can be applied to library instruction
  2. Examples of instruction that provides multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement
  3. Resources that support the development of universally designed instructional materials and strategies

Speaker Bio(s)

Melissa Green

Melissa Green is the Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian for The University of Alabama Libraries. A librarian, teacher, and technology enthusiast, Melissa provides instructional support for the use of the Libraries’ academic software packages. Melissa holds a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she also studied education and earned teacher certification in English 7-12. She earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree at The University of Alabama. Prior to returning to her home state to attend graduate school, Melissa served as Program Coordinator for Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, a program of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. She has also worked as a Braille and talking book librarian and in instructional technology. Melissa's professional interests include accessibility and teaching with and about technology.