Implementing an online training course in disability awareness for frontline staff - Experiences at National University of Ireland Maynooth


Mellon, Bernadette and Cullen, Marie G. and Fallon, Helen (2013) Implementing an online training course in disability awareness for frontline staff - Experiences at National University of Ireland Maynooth. Sconul Focus, 58. pp. 27-31. ISSN 1745-5782

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Abstract

This article describes the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) library experience of implementing an eLearning disability equality training course for part-time frontline library desk staff. While disability awareness is an integral part of library service in all its aspects, the eLearning method of delivery of disability awareness training is new in Irish university libraries. In a time of increasing constraints (both budgetary and time), eLearning offers a potentially costeffective and innovative way to develop a range of professional skills including disability awareness. Brief context and background information about the library is provided, followed by a description of the online course and its application in the training of frontline library staff. Results of a survey of participants’ experiences of undertaking the course are presented. While the group of participants was small at eight, the process and experience has broader applicability in the context of both online training and disability awareness training.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Disability Training; Disability Awareness; Online Training; National Disability Authority;
Academic Unit: University Library
Item ID: 4607
Depositing User: Helen Fallon
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 17:36
Journal or Publication Title: Sconul Focus
Publisher: Society of College National and University Libraries
Refereed: Yes
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