San Francisco Public Library’s Access Services Librarian Marti Goddard received the Mayor’s Disability Council Award for Excellence on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, for her longtime work to ensure that San Franciscans with all types of disabilities have full access to library services, above and beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Mayor’s Disability Council Awards are presented to persons or organizations who exhibit outstanding leadership and who are guiding lights in the community. In announcing the award, Council member Tatiana Kostanian noted that Goddard is known nationwide for her work making library computers accessible to people with disabilities and has ensured that SFPL is a model for all libraries to emulate on accessibility services.
Deputy City Librarian Jill Bourne said: “We, of course, know Marti as a steady and committed advocate for library services and we are so proud to have her acknowledged in this way. We, as a library system, consider ourselves very fortunate to have the support and recognition of the Mayor’s Office on Disability as we continue to work toward innovative ways to serve our entire community.”
Goddard manages the Access Services Department of the San Francisco Public Library, which includes the Deaf Services Center, Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, Project Read adult literacy program, Friends for Life services for homebound individuals, and the Learning Differences Resource Collection.