Nancy Bolt was State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for the State of Colorado for 18 years. In 2005, Ms. Bolt left this position to reestablish her library consulting firm, Nancy Bolt & Associates, which she continued until 2020. Throughout her career, she has focused on library service to people with special needs, such as people with disabilities, refugees/immigrants/migrants, and people experiencing homelessness. She has assisted libraries in planning services to meet the needs of these groups. Ms. Bolt has been actively developing guidelines for the American Library Association’s group that focuses on accessibility and the International Federation of Library Agencies (IFLA) Section on Library Service for People with Special Needs (LSN), where she completed her four-year term as Chair. During her tenure at LSN, guidelines were developed for serving people in prisons, people who are deaf, hearing impaired, deaf-blind, and refugees, immigrants, and migrants. A basic checklist of library services, regardless of the disability, is in the final stages of development.
Last modified: May 3, 2023