Advocates for Disability Rights: Building the Texas Disability History Collection

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Presentation for the 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference. This presentation provides an overview of the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries' Texas Disability History Collection.

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Shankle, Betty; Dodd, Samantha & Downing, Jeffrey G. September 21, 2017.

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Presentation for the 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference. This presentation provides an overview of the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries' Texas Disability History Collection.

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41 p.

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Abstract: Staff from the UT Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with the University’s Disability Studies Minor faculty and staff, are providing multidimensional access to embedded disability records housed in the Libraries Special Collections. Approximately 1,600 disability-related images, documents, oral histories and videos have been identified and utilized for several continuing projects. The Texas Disability History Collection web site has been developed, the national Disability History / Archives Consortium has been founded, and a traveling disability history exhibit has been created. Planning for the next phase is well underway and will include visits to key areas in Texas to interview disability rights advocates on the state and local levels. Copies of those interviews will be added to the Collection.

The panel will address the methodologies used to develop disability awareness and rights through the use of records housed in Special Collections and Archives, especially in north Texas and at UT Arlington. Technology employed to make the web site accessible to the widest audience possible, including those with handicaps, will be described in detail.

The traveling exhibits appeal to a wide audience because the images inspire cultural memories of what places looked like “back then.” Senior citizens have “I remember when” moments and younger people learn about history. One exhibit depicts “main” streets in small towns and large cities while the other has images of historical buildings such as courthouses, schools, and churches. Although both traveling exhibits are booked in academic libraries, public libraries, and museums around the state, we know there are underserved populations that will not be able to view them. For this reason, we created an accessible digital exhibit to compliment the physical exhibits. This presentation will showcase how the library and iC3 used the digitized postcards to create the traveling and digital exhibits and our plans for future projects.

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  • 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference, September 21-23, 2017. Denton, Texas.

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  • Oct. 6, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

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Shankle, Betty; Dodd, Samantha & Downing, Jeffrey G. Advocates for Disability Rights: Building the Texas Disability History Collection, presentation, September 21, 2017; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1010745/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .