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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 03:36 pm

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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, Axle.  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, Axle. 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)

NFB and Penn State Accessibility Complaint Resolved (Oct 11, 2011) Summary from Educause.

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ACRL DLS (Distance Learning Section)

Online Doc 2016-12-12 Discussion Group Meeting Agenda

by Kristin Heathcock on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 02:28 pm

ACRL DLS Discussion Group

December 12, 2016

Agenda

URL for meeting: https://meet.lync.com/hccfl-edu/kheathcock/028HB3FH

 

  1. Roundtable Discussion Recap
    1. What worked well?
    2. What didn’t work so well?
    3. Share survey results from participants
    4. Next Roundtable – date and topic??

 

ACRL DLS Discussion Group

December 12, 2016

Agenda

URL for meeting: https://meet.lync.com/hccfl-edu/kheathcock/028HB3FH

 

  1. Roundtable Discussion Recap
    1. What worked well?
    2. What didn’t work so well?
    3. Share survey results from participants
    4. Next Roundtable – date and topic??

 

  1. Midwinter Discussion Planning
    1. Topic
    2. Format
    3. Other relevant information/details

 

 

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ACRL DLS (Distance Learning Section)

Online Doc DLS Strategic Planning agenda for December 7, 2016 virtual committee meeting (4-5pm Eastern)

by Christal Ferrance on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 09:19 am

Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
  3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
  • Create internal document for sharing information
  • Information gathering for strategic plan
  • Amend manual as necessary
  • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  GoToMeeting

    Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
    3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
    • Create internal document for sharing information
    • Information gathering for strategic plan
    • Amend manual as necessary
    • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  GoToMeeting

    Strategic Planning
    Wed, Dec 7, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/924291997

    You can also dial in using your phone.
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    Access Code: 924-291-997


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    ACRL DLS Executive Committee (Distance Learning Section)

    Online Doc DLS Strategic Planning agenda for December 7, 2016 virtual committee meeting (4-5pm Eastern)

    by Christal Ferrance on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 09:18 am

    Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
    3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
    • Create internal document for sharing information
    • Information gathering for strategic plan
    • Amend manual as necessary
    • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  

    GoToMeeting

    Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
    3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
    • Create internal document for sharing information
    • Information gathering for strategic plan
    • Amend manual as necessary
    • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  

    GoToMeeting

    Strategic Planning
    Wed, Dec 7, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/924291997

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States +1 (408) 650-3123

    Access Code: 924-291-997


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    ACRL DLS Strategic Planning Committee (Distance Learning Section)

    Online Doc DLS Strategic Planning agenda for December 7, 2016 virtual committee meeting (4-5pm Eastern)

    by Christal Ferrance on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 09:16 am

    Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
    3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
    • Create internal document for sharing information
    • Information gathering for strategic plan
    • Amend manual as necessary
    • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  

    GoToMeeting

    Here's the proposed agenda and GoToMeeting information for the December 7, 2016, virtual meeting from 4-5pm Eastern.

    Agenda

    1. Welcome
    2. Review/Approval of Nov. 2 minutes
    3. Review of Committee Goals/Action Items
    • Create internal document for sharing information
    • Information gathering for strategic plan
    • Amend manual as necessary
    • Review Executive Committee reports
  • Additional Comments/Questions/Etc.
  •  

    GoToMeeting

    Strategic Planning
    Wed, Dec 7, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

    Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/924291997

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States +1 (408) 650-3123

    Access Code: 924-291-997


    First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:   http://help.citrix.com/getready

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    RUSA RSS Services for Job Seeking Patrons

    Online Doc Questions for you!

    by Rachel Minkin on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 07:52 am

    Good morning colleagues!

    Will you be attending Mid - Winter in Atlanta this year?

    If yes, will you be able to assist in our discussion forum? (Facilitating, participating with audience)

    If no, will you be able to help generate questions for the discussion?

     

    -Rachel

     

    NMRT (New Members Round Table)

    Online Doc Archives Committee

    by Anjelica Rufus-Barnes on Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 07:41 pm

    Committee Charge

    Committee Charge

    To manage the NMRT Archives, which includes the gathering, preservation, and provision of access to NMRT documentation in paper and electronic formats. To establish a comprehensive records management plan, facilitated by policies and guidelines, which can be implemented and modified as needed.

    History of the Committee

    • 1972-1976: The first archivist is concerned with NMRT activities.
    • 1977: Archives Committee is established.
    • 1981: Archives Committee is disbanded.
    • 1985: Archives Committee is reinstated with one archivist appointed.
    • 2000: NMRT Executive Board votes to make Archives Committee a "standing" committee, i.e., one having a continuing life.
    • 2001: (June) Two official documents, NMRT Archives Policy and NMRT Archives Policy for Electronic Documents, are drawn up and approved by NMRT Executive Board.
    • 2001: (October) Document Digitization Task Force develops the NMRT Archives Database. The digital repository was housed at Louisiana State University Libraries.
    • 2002: (January) Archives Committee term is changed to a Midwinter-to-Midwinter schedule.
    • 2002: (June) Document Digitization Task Force officially absorbed by Archives Committee after ALA Annual.
    • 2002: First reporting cycle (planning/progress/final reports) electronically submitted and made accessible via Archives Database.
    • 2011: First reporting (progress/final reports) electronically submitted to ALA Connect and accessible through ALA Connect. Reports remain accessible via the Archives Database.
    • 2016: (June) Completion of archives database migration to American Library Association Institutional Repository (https://alair.ala.org/). 

    Major responsibilities

    1. Provide a centralized access point for committee information, policies, and procedures, which primarily involves maintaining the NMRT Archives Database.
    2. Determine and implement procedures and guidelines for archiving selected print and electronic documents.
    3. Provide access to various forms, report templates and other miscellanous documents via the NMRT Archives Database that have not already been provided in the NMRT Handbook.
    4. Respond to inquiries regarding archival issues related to official NMRT records.
    5. Maintain open communication about archival matters with NMRT Secretary and serve as the liaison to the ALA Archives at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Procedures Used to Accomplish Major Responsibilities

    1. Reports are submitted through ALA Connect; these reports are in turn harvested by the Archives chair and distributed to Archives committee members who then enter them into the Archives Database.
    2. Procedural guidelines have been developed and are available in the Archives Database to assist Archives committee members in the creation of records for selected documents being entered into said database. (ONLY ARCHIVES MEMBERS ARE AUTHORIZED TO INPUT RECORDS INTO THE ARCHIVES DATABASE.)
    3. Input from Archives committee members is frequently solicited on issues regarding these retention, harvesting and access provision procedures.
    4. Publicity is necessary to keep NMRT members informed about the benefits of using the Archives Database. This is accomplished by reporting on Archives activities whenever possible via newsletters, listservs, at meetings, etc.

    Committee Composition and Term(s) of Office

    The Committee can consist of up to 10 members with either 1 chair or 2 co-chairs appointed, as necessary, to one-year terms; reappointment is subject to Executive Board approval. The Committee term is from Annual to Annual conferences of ALA.

    Reports to

    NMRT Secretary (Supervising Board Member)

    Contact People for Accomplishing Committee Objectives

    • NMRT President
    • NMRT Vice-President/President-Elect
    • NMRT Secretary
    • Committee chair(s)
    • ALA Archives, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 19 Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61821.

    Records Generation and Archiving Schedule

    A comprehensive schedule (subject to change) has been developed whereby committee chairs & officers submit reports to the NMRT-BD list as follows:

    • Planning Reports (by mid-September)
    • Progress Reports (by mid-February)
    • Final Reports (by mid-June)

    Documents to Create/Update

    The Archives Committee maintains the following documents:

    • NMRT Archives Policy
    • NMRT Archives Policy for Electronic Documents
    • Procedures for Inputting (Electronic) Reports into (Archives) Database
    • Procedures for Inputting (Scanned) Records into (Archives) Database
    • Miscellaneous report templates

    Reminders and Helpful Hints

    • The NMRT Secretary is responsible for reminding chairs & officers when it is time to submit reports according to the recommended schedule.
    • Committee chairs and officers are urged to consult archival policies in NMRT Archives Policy and NMRT Archives Policy for Electronic Documents when weeding their files of official documents and/or miscellaneous paperwork.
    • Please consult with the Archives Committee when questions arise related to the forwarding of documents to the ALA Archives at the University of Illinois.
    • The Archives Committee requests that chairs & officers be sure to use the appropriate report form at the appropriate reporting period. For example, use only the "Planning Report" template when submitting a planning report—this is important because each report form contains questions that pertain to that particular reporting period.

    General Timetable

    July/August

    • Review Archives Committee Chair documentation and review with the past chair.
    • Welcome new committee members via ALA Connect/email.
    • Provide links to report entry guidelines and Cute PDF instructions to the new & returning members.
    • Capture the previous year's final reports from ALA Connect.
    • Add the previous year's final reports to the tracking spreadsheet, review for format errors and rename to have the correct file name syntax.

    September

    • Assign committee members final reports from previous year.

    October/November

    • Prepare Archives Committee planning report for the NMRT Executive Board.
    • Capture the incoming planning reports from ALA Connect. (NMRT Secretary does not call for reports on ALA Connect until October 1.)
    • Review the data entry of the committee members for the previous year's final reports and follow-up if necessary.
    • Add the new incoming planning reports to the tracking spreadsheet, review for format errors and rename to have the correct file syntax.
    • Assign the planning reports to the committee members.

    February/March

    • Review the data entry of the committee members for the planning reports and follow-up if necessary.
    • Prepare Archives Committee progress report for the NMRT Executive Board.
    • Capture the incoming progress reports from ALA Connect.
    • Add the new incoming progress reports to the tracking spreadsheet, review for format errors and rename to have the correct file name syntax.

    April

    • Assign the progress reports to the committee members.

    May

    • Review the data entry of the committee members for the progress reports and follow-up if necessary.
    • Review Handbook entry for adjustments to the schedule/procedures for the incoming chair.
    • Review the Archives Committee Chair documentation for any adjustments that are needed.

    June/July

    • Prepare the Archives Committee final report for the NMRT Executive Board.

    Last Reviewed: November 2016
    Last Revised: November 2016

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    RUSA RSS Services for Job Seeking Patrons

    Online Doc Mid Winter program - details/ dates/ times

    by Rachel Minkin on Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 06:04 pm

    Good afternoon/ evening colleagues!

    We have a program title and blurb for our Mid Winter discussion. Please feel free to share this widely with your friends and colleagues attending Mid Winter.

    "“Alternative Services for Job Seeking Patrons”"

    Good afternoon/ evening colleagues!

    We have a program title and blurb for our Mid Winter discussion. Please feel free to share this widely with your friends and colleagues attending Mid Winter.

    "“Alternative Services for Job Seeking Patrons”"

    How can we support our unemployed and underemployed patrons as they navigate a local job market? What tools and technologies do we as librarians have access to that we could re-purpose specifically for job seekers? What are some alternative services could add value to our interactions with job seeking patrons. Join the Services for Job Seeking Patrons as we brainstorm alternative uses of current tools and technologies and alternative services in the our libraries.

    1/21/2017 (Saturday)

    1-2:30pm

    Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), B217

    NEXT STEPS:

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