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This poster focuses on Lavery Library’s collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs, OAA. At St. John Fisher College students with learning disabilities testing accommodations take their exams in the library instead of a testing center. This is unique because OAA is located in another building from the library and therefore they have to coordinate scheduling of a proctor and student in room they do not control. The library also balances the needs of the general student population and the needs of OAA by offering students other study locations in the library while testing is in progress. The library then holds the testing materials along with testing accessories behind the checkout desk until proctor and student arrive. Communication is crucial for this to all happen smoothly. Over the last 2 years the number of students needing accommodations has significantly increased so the relationship between the library and OAA has gotten stronger out of necessity. Access Services staff continues the strong communication within the department to coordinate exams which happen after hours or on the weekends when the OAA office is closed. Since the library is open for more than 100 hours a week, faculty are allowed to drop off testing materials any hour we are open. Four permanent part-time employees and 20 work study students are all trained on the testing process; this facilitates student success by accommodating testing outside of business hours. The library and OAA have recently created a focus group to determine the future of testing on the Fisher campus.


Presented at the Rochester Regional Library Council's Silo Busting Bonanza on March 19, 2015 in Rochester, NY.

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