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Discussion User Experience Librarian, University at Albany (apply by Jan. 19)

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 01:22 pm

User Experience Librarian

https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=92430

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek applications for an energetic, flexible, and innovative User Experience Librarian. This position will report to the Head of the Reference and Research Services Department.

Responsibilities:

User Experience Librarian

https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=92430

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek applications for an energetic, flexible, and innovative User Experience Librarian. This position will report to the Head of the Reference and Research Services Department.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with and leads the Website Development Team in maintaining a functional, attractive and usable website and mobile website.

 

  • Conducts website accessibility audits and tracks website usage.

 

  • Plans and coordinates usability assessment for digital and physical library resources and spaces.

 

  • Serves on the Online Public Interface Committee and collaborates with colleagues to enhance the interfaces of all the University Libraries’ discovery products and systems.

 

  • Stays abreast of trends related to user-centered design and works collaboratively with colleagues to implement projects and programs designed to improve users’ experience of the University Libraries.

 

  • Participates in initiatives of the Reference and Research Services Department.

 

  • Provides general reference service during assigned hours at the reference desk in the University Library (may include evenings and weekends) to students, faculty, staff and community users, in person, by phone, via chat, and through the Personalized Assistance with Searching (PAWS) consultation service.

 

  • Research, publication, and service to the Libraries, University and profession are expected to satisfy criteria for continuing appointment (tenure) and promotion.

 

Academic rank: Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian (rank will be determined by the successful candidate's qualifications)

 

For additional information, including qualification requirements and application instructions: https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=92430

 

Application deadline: January 19, 2018

The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

 

About the University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses. Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, and the Adirondacks.

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.


Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

Blechner, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

 

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

Video clips of people using & explaining screen readers:

Accessibility: Introduction to the Screen Reader

Screen Readers and the Web 
"Learn relatively easy tips Web designers can use to increase access to the Web by a variety of users."

Automated accessibility checkers for webpages:

WAVE Accessibility Checker 
“WAVE is…  used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.”  People who do not have experience with web coding can share the results of the accessibility checker with IT staff.

WC3 list of web accessibility evaluation tools

Automated checker for readability:

The Readability Test Tool

Automated checkers for colorblindness accessibility:

Vischeck

Colorblind Webpage Filter

Adobe Captivate:

Accessibility FAQ

Libguides:

Formatting for Accessibility and Usability from University of Waterloo

Information about accessibility of databases and other vendor resources:

Ebook collections vendor accessibility

Blecher, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

DeLancey, L. (2015). Assessing the accuracy of vendor-supplied accessibility documentation. Library Hi Tech, 33(1), 103-113. doi:10.1108/LHT-08-2014-0077

Haanperä, T., & Nieminen, M. (2013). Usability of web search interfaces for blind users - A review of digital academic library user interfacesin Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services for Quality of Life Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8011, 2013, pp 321-330.

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Schmetzke, Axel.  Accessibility of Online Library Catalogs, Indexes and Databases, and Other Library/Information Resources. This is a bibliography that includes a section on “Research Studies” and a section on “Vendor provided information” but is not currently updated.

Schmetzke, Axel. Web access in the campus and library environment This is an extensive guide to resources but is not currently updated.

Screen Reading and Library Resources.  Suffolk University Library's list of accessible databases.

Tatomir, Jennifer and Joan C. Durrance. (2010) Overcoming the information gap: Measuring the accessibility of library databases to adaptive technology users. Library Hi Tech, 28 (4) 577 - 594

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository

Accessibility of Library Websites:

Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

Web Accessibility Technical Standards:

Section 508 Standards. § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Policy on Web Accessibility:

Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter
This is a joint letter from the US Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights

QUOTE: “Does the DCL [Dear Colleague Letter] apply to all school operations and all faculty and staff?
A: Yes. All school operations are subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA. Thus, all faculty and staff must comply with these requirements…. The law applies to all faculty and staff, not just a Section 504 or ADA coordinator or staff members designated to assist students with disabilities. All faculty and staff must comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA in their professional interactions with students, because these interactions are part of the operations of the school. So, for example, if an adjunct faculty member denies a student who is blind an equal opportunity to participate in a course by assigning inaccessible course content, the school can be held legally responsible for the faculty member’s actions. Therefore, schools should provide, and faculty and staff should participate in, professional development about accessibility and emerging technology, and about the role of faculty and staff in helping the school to comply with disability discrimination laws.”

Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (Nov. 2, 2012)

Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking: “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations” (July 2010)
Summary: This “ANPRM on web accessibility and DOJ settlements … in recent years indicate that DOJ is likely to derive its regulatory standards for web accessibility, whenever they are published, from the Rehabilitation Act Section 508 technology accessibility standards federal agencies and contractors must meet and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).”  (This summary is from an Educause blog)

Report of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
This independent Commission was established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

QUOTES: “every postsecondary institution should offer a mandatory system-wide orientation for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and administrators concerning strategies for ensuring accessibility in all aspects of the education enterprise, including readings, courseware and instructional technology, assessments and instructor-made materials.” Page 79

“The transition to AIM [Accessible Instructional Materials] needs to be supported by training of students and support for students who are not adept in the use of digital technologies.” Page  52

Providenti, Michael and Robert Zai III. (2007). Web accessibility at academic libraries: standards, legislation, and enforcement. Library Hi Tech, 25 (4) 494.

Web Accessibility Resolutions Agreements, Settlements and Lawsuits in Higher Education:

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Harvard and MIT are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions. (February 12, 2015) article from New York Times.

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement [pdf] (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement [pdf] (November, 2014)

University of Montana Accessibility Resolution Agreement (March 19, 2014)

Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities (March 8, 2013)

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America, Louisiana Tech University, and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 23, 2013)

Settlement between Penn State University and National Federation of the Blind," (2011)

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Discussion Academic Technology Librarian, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

by Briana Jarnagin (staff) on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

Academic Technology Librarian

http://careers.pageuppeople.com/743/cw/en-us/job/495407/academic-technol...

The Daniel Library at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina invites applications for an Academic Technology Librarian. This is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track faculty position.  The Citadel, located in Charleston, South Carolina, consistently ranks as the #1 Public College in the South (offering up to a master's degree) in U.S. News & World Report's Education Rankings. Charleston continuously wins awards for friendliness, best restaurants, tourist attractions, and more.

 

This position is a superb opportunity for the individual who seeks to enhance or prove their leadership skills, advance their professional abilities, and enrich a vibrant, intellectual organization.  The Daniel Library seeks individuals with a zest for continuously improving themselves and the organization they are a part of.

 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an ability and passion to work in a complex, changing environment with a resourceful, flexible, and innovative attitude.  He or she will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels, as well as with faculty and students. 

 

The Daniel Library is a dynamic organization that continually strives to optimize its operations, services, and responsibilities.  The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and managing The Citadel Makerspace, an emerging technologies and interdisciplinary learning lab run by Daniel Library. These efforts include, but are not limited to, daily operations, scheduling and supervision of staff, instruction, programming, outreach, and physical and digital displays. This position plays a vital role in strengthening the relationship between The Citadel Makerspace and the research interests and needs of the campus community. Additionally, the Academic Technology Librarian will provide leadership for the selection and implementation of technology for Daniel Library, including equipment, furniture, and software, and serve as the library’s operational liaison to The Citadel’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to:

 

Work in a team environment, with a focus on continuously enhancing the user experience.

Provide research and technology assistance through individual consultations at the Research and Information Desk, through virtual reference services, and during library instruction sessions.

Provide liaison programs, services, and collections to academic departments.

Teach instructional sessions at all degree levels, to include the freshman orientation courses.

Participate in campus-wide and library assessment programs.

Create and maintain online research and technology guides.

Additionally, ongoing professional development in the areas of instruction, technology, and reference skills is expected. Tenure and promotion are dependent upon continuing library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, scholarship, and service to the college and community.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

 

An ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library/Information Science.

Minimum of one year of higher education library instruction and reference experience, or its equivalent.

Strong computing, communication, interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues in a collaborative team-based organization and flexibility in adapting to change.

Experience with the following technologies: 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC milling, and other creative and emerging technologies.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

Understanding of current trends and issues in scholarly publishing and communication.

Proficiency in library information technology or desire to learn library information technology skills and hardware/software such as ILS, network troubleshooting, and more.

Management/supervisory experience.

Project management experience.

Administrative experience with any of the following technologies: EDS, EZProxy, Millennium, Springshare.

Experience coding for web technologies including: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, MySQL, or JQuery.

 

Note: In addition to the online application, a cover letter and resume is required. Please address specifically your experience with the application of technology in research and scholarship, collaborative/innovative projects to which you have contributed or led, and why you would like to become a Citadel Librarian. Briefly describe your professional philosophy or values.

Some evening/weekend hours and minimal travel are required.

The Citadel is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual, or group of individuals, on the basis of age, color, race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information or veteran's status in its employment practices.

The Citadel has a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment.  We encourage applications from minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

 

Please click here to apply: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/743/cw/en-us/job/495407/academic-technology-librarian

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ALCTS CaMMS Committee on Cataloging: Asian & African Materials (Cataloging and Metadata Management Section)

Discussion CC:AAM Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME

by Robert Rendall on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

On Dec. 13, 2017, CC:AAM voted to approve the following Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME.

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CC:AAM Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME

On Dec. 13, 2017, CC:AAM voted to approve the following Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME.

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CC:AAM Statement in Support of the Internationalization of BIBFRAME

The Committee on Cataloging: Asian and African Materials (CC:AAM) strongly encourages an early focus on issues related to internationalization in the development of BIBFRAME, and offers to assist with pursuing that goal. Recognizing that efforts have already begun to address these issues, the Committee submits for consideration the following recommendations to improve global discovery and access to resources described using BIBFRAME.

A checklist for developing internationalization specifications can be found here:

http://www.w3.org/International/techniques/developing-specs?collapse

General considerations

Character encoding:

The full, most recent Unicode character repertoire should always be valid for encoding as UTF-8 in BIBFRAME, subject only to possible "exclusions a priori" such as those currently defined for MARC 21.

https://www.loc.gov/marc/specifications/speccharucs.html#exclusions

Original script and romanization:

To meet the needs of different libraries and cataloging communities and to accommodate both legacy and newly created data, BIBFRAME will need to be able to support a continuing environment of mixed practices including both non-Latin script and/or romanization. Libraries may wish to display the original script of all resources (Latin or non-Latin), or Latin script only (whether original or romanized), or both. In this context it will be particularly important to leave behind our MARC-era assumption that Latin script should always be treated as the default.

Treating all original script (Latin or non-Latin) consistently and coding romanization as a secondary, derived form of transcription will allow flexibility in display and permit targeted provision of access appropriate for different contexts. Original script should be clearly identified, and transliteration into any other script may be coded using subtags (see below). Each instance of transliteration should be clearly linked to its original script (if present) to allow for coordinated display when both are included.

Language tags:

We highly recommend adhering to BCP 47 (Internet Best Current Practice for the use of language tags in cases where it is desirable to indicate the language used in an information object), where possible. Following BCP47 will allow for the greatest possible interoperability with other data on the web.  Language tags should be used in lower case.

https://tools.ietf.org/html/bcp47

Consider tagging romanized fields using variant subtags or as per BCP 47 Extension T - Transformed Content.

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6497

Implementation-level considerations:

Character encoding:

A decision should be made on how to handle the byte order mark (BOM) in BIBFRAME: whether to require it, and how to use it.

Original script and romanization:

The treatment of bidirectional text will involve decisions on control characters and markup, and should be considered with reference to UAX #9:

http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr9/

Values for directionality that need to be supported include “ltr”, “rtl”, and “auto”.

The level of rendering support for complex scripts can be expected to vary between browser versions and platforms.

Normalization:

BIBFRAME implementers should consider using Unicode Normalization Form C, following W3C specifications for the World Wide Web and XML.

http://unicode.org/reports/tr15/#Norm_Forms

Language tags:

Most existing MARC data incorporates use of the language codes found in ISO 693-2/B. While the codes in this standard are useful, it may be necessary in implementation to accommodate the codes from ISO 639-1 (2-letter codes) and ISO 639-3 as well. ISO 639-1 covers a subset of widely used languages, while ISO 639-3 allows for much greater specificity in language identification than the other two codes.

https://www.sil.org/x-iso639-3

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ALCTS Affiliates

Discussion Virginia Library Association

by Christine McConnell (non-member) on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 09:55 am

Virginia Library Association Collections & Technical Services Forum (CaTS)

http://www.vla.org/collections-and-technical-services-forum

Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vla-technical-services-and-techn...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VLACATS

Annual transition of officers: October

Virginia Library Association Collections & Technical Services Forum (CaTS)

http://www.vla.org/collections-and-technical-services-forum

Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vla-technical-services-and-techn...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VLACATS

Annual transition of officers: October

Co-Chair, 2018
Jessica Robertson
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
jessica.robertson@crrl.org

Co-Chair, 2018
Liz Steyer
Suffolk Public Library
esteyer@suffolkva.us

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ALCTS Affiliates

Discussion South Carolina Library Association

by Christine McConnell (non-member) on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 09:46 am

South Carolina Library Association Technical Services Section

http://www.scla.org/technical-services-section

Annual conference and transition of officers: October

Chair, 2018
David Shay
University of South Carolina
shayd@mailbox.sc.edu

Vice-Chair, 2018
Debra Franklin-Smith
University of South Carolina
franklia@mailbox.sc.edu

South Carolina Library Association Technical Services Section

http://www.scla.org/technical-services-section

Annual conference and transition of officers: October

Chair, 2018
David Shay
University of South Carolina
shayd@mailbox.sc.edu

Vice-Chair, 2018
Debra Franklin-Smith
University of South Carolina
franklia@mailbox.sc.edu

Secretary, 2018
Christee Pascale
University of South Carolina
cpascale@mailbox.sc.edu

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ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

Discussion Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group Midwinter 2018 Program

by Rebecca Nous on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 07:58 am

Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
10:30-11:30 am
Colorado Convention Center, Rm 303

Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS)
Sunday, February 11, 2018
10:30-11:30 am
Colorado Convention Center, Rm 303

During this year's meeting, the CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group will offer two presentations and discussions of cataloging related research and projects.  The presentations are:  Innovative Ways to Recruit and Train New Generation of Catalogers (Anita Kazmierczak, Auburn University) and Expanding the Metadata Librarian Horizon: Reflections on the Metadata Practice in the Web and Digital Repositories (Sai Deng, University of Central Florida).

 

Innovative Ways to Recruit and Train New Generation of Catalogers, by Anita Kazmierczak, Auburn University

The field of cataloging is changing. The 21st century brings challenges to traditional cataloging practices with new formats, new interfaces and new standards.These changes call for the professional librarians who work with cataloging and metadata to face the challenges and adapt to the new environment. How do we redesign and rediscover cataloging so that it responds to present and future needs? How do we find and recruit individuals to become metadata librarians? Is Library education sufficient?  Should coursework be followed-up with practical training and apprenticeships? In order to preserve the cataloging profession, we must reform it.  During her presentation, Anita Kazmierczak, Metadata Librarian at Auburn University will reflect on the professional literature and discuss the current paths to cataloging and the future of professional “hybridization.”  She will suggest ways the current cataloging profession can be redesigned to respond to a library’s current and future metadata needs.

 

Expanding the Metadata Librarian Horizon: Reflections on the Metadata Practices in the Web and Digital Repositories, by Sai Deng, University of Central Florida

The growing amount of digital resources on the web and in libraries have been rapidly changing the ways data is organized, shared and discovered, and the Metadata Librarians’ roles and practices have been constantly reshaped under this larger environment. In light of related literature and the author’s experiences in web archiving and working with several digital repositories including CONTENTdm, Islandora, Digital Commons, DSpace and Omeka, this presentation will discuss the ongoing changes in metadata practices in various areas, such as identity management, authority control, repository design and capability, metadata, its presentation and discovery, and linked data. Besides addressing the Metadata Librarian’s working with data and collections in digital repositories, it will cover the more recent metadata services aimed at helping students and faculty researchers within and beyond the library and the institution. It will also reflect on the metadata practices in the library community and the web practices in classifying and discovering data, and explore the web’s impact on library cataloging and the metadata profession. The changing environment and practices call for the Metadata Librarian’s flexibility in working with different digital library systems and personnel from other departments, an open mindset, and new understandings and skill sets related to vocabulary management, document encoding, data processing, and innovative ways of or semi-auto cataloging and classification.

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