Accessibility Interest Group (LITA - Library Information Technology Association) Community
Apologies for cross posting!
Thanks to the hard work of Debra Riley-Huff and others over the past few years, a website named Libraries for Universal Accessibility has been launched http://www.uniaccessig.org/universal/ .
We are having a virtual conference call July 8 from 3-5pm Eastern, 2-4 Central, 1-3 Mountain, 12-2 Pacific time to introduce the site and discuss ways to contribute.
Phone number: 1-866-683-3261.
Everyone who is interested is welcome to join. In the very unlikely event that we exceed the 30 person limit on the call, we will schedule another time for anyone who did not get in. Participation in the meeting is not required to participate in the website; however, during the meeting we will discuss ways to participate and address questions that anyone has, as well as discussing upcoming changes to the site. It will be helpful to have internet access during the call if possible, so that you can follow along on the site.
After conversation with Chris and Alec during the conference, I believe this call is accessible for everyone, using a Sorenson phone for those who need. However, again, please do let me know if anyone is aware of any accessibility issues with this. I will be away until Monday, but will still do what I can.
The purpose of the site is for librarians, library users with disabilities, and other interested people to communicate about accessibility of library resources, in order to educate the library community and potentially guide librarians as we select products. We are looking for volunteers who can contribute comments about accessibility or usability of a library resource.
There are many ways to participate, for people with and without disabilities, and for people with very beginner to expert technical expertise. Below are suggestions for types of comments one might contribute to the site.
- Search on the website of the library resource, or its vendor or creator, for information about accessibility. State whether you were able to find information and provide links if available.
- State whether you found some helpful (or missing, or unhelpful) alt text or other descriptions of images, tables, graphs, etc.
- “I routinely use Zoomtext screen enlarger and I found the results page in this resource to be very easy to use (or very confusing). I found it to be clear (or confusing) because I did not (or did) get lost (or mention any specific helpful/difficult features).”
- “I found captions (or lack of captions) in the videos I viewed in this resource. Name or describe disability identity if desired, such as: I am hearing (or Deaf or a person with a cognitive disability, etc.). Comment on the quality of the captioning from your point of view and give examples if desired.”
We are still making changes to the site, particularly the explanations of how to do a Review on the website. (Some of the explanations suggest that more comprehensive reviews are expected, but that is not required.)
Details about the conference call:
MEET ME CONFERENCE CALL
This is just to confirm your scheduled Meet Me Conf call on 7/8 at 3 pm. The numbers you will use to call in are:
( on campus ) 2-9755
( International ) 1-315-442-9755
( toll free ) 1-866-683-3261. ( you can call the toll free or 442 number from home )
- Each participant may call in from any telephone at their location.
- When the first person calls in, the line will continuously ring until another person calls in.
Then they will automatically connect in and you will be able to speak.
- If there are any participants calling in internationally, they will have to use the 442 number provided above.
- You may have up to 30 participants on the call.
IF ANY PARTICIPANT PRESSES THEIR HOLD/FLASH KEY ON THEIR PHONES DURING THE CALL, THIS WILL RESULT IN GIVING ANY OTHER FUTURE CALLERS A BUSY SIGNAL, THEREFORE LOCKING THEM OUT OF THE CALL***
Callers cannot be transferred into a meet me conference call…. If a caller is transferred into the call they will receive a rapid busy signal. The caller needs to dial directly into the call.
ALA Annual LITA/ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group meeting*
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Hyatt Regency Chicago
The LITA/ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group is intended as a resource and discussion forum for library disability service issues such as web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities, captioning processes, and any other accessibility issues of interest to participants. We are working on a website project which we will discuss. Open to everyone attending the conference!
- Listserv: firstname.lastname@example.org To join the list, go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/uniaccess If you haven't subscribed to an ALA list before, you have to choose the tiny link for "First login" under the password box. You don't have to be an ALA member to join the list.
ALA Annual ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group meeting*
Sunday June 30, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
The ASCLA Universal Access Interest group promotes inclusive library services through sharing information and resources.
- Space on ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/154856
* While the divisions collaborate, we may have different focuses or initiate different projects at times.
Ranti Junus (LITA Accessibility Group)
Michigan State University Libraries
366 W. Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824
Adina Mulliken (ASCLA Universal Accessibility Group)
Subject Librarian for Social Work, Disability Studies, CFS, MFT, Aging
Library Disability Services
222 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
Sarah E. Hamrick (ASCLA Universal Accessibility Group)
Director of Library Public Services
Gallaudet University Library
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5214 V
Don't forget our Annual meeting is on Monday June 27, 8am - 10am, Rm 263 Convention Center.
Here's the agenda:
- Welcoming new members, introductions
- Introduction to IG new convener and incoming convener
- Progress on accessibility web resource project
- Possible program for next ALA Annual: presentation? Panel?
- Other business
We will have some guests from ALA OITP (Office for Information Technology Policy) and ALA's Presicdential Task force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC). The plan is to discuss the collaboration to identify strategies and revitalize ALA's commitment to accessibility.
Hope to see you there!
Current Issues in Accessibility: How Blind and Learning Disabled Patrons Use Audio to Access the Internetby Anonymous (not ... (not verified) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am
This series of presentations will focus on how patrons with disabilities access the internet. We'll demo how a blind user utilizes his/her screen reader to access the Internet. Speakers will also discuss accessibility issues in higher education based on the EDUCAUSE report, talk about differences between accessibility for people with visual disabilities and accessibility for people with learning disabilities, and present research findings regarding web accessibility at North American University Libraries.
Sunday 1/9/11, 4:30pm
Written by Adina Mulliken after the meeting. Ranti Junus added some notes as well.
Number of attendees: 12
Attendees are invited to subscribe to the ACRL Universal Accessibility mailing list http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/uniaccess
Ideas for promoting web accessibility among vendors:
Create a non-monetary (since we don’t have money) award for accessible vendor(s). Endorsement by larger divisions of ALA would be good.
Work with library consortia to get accessibility included in RFPs
Nina McHale volunteered to contact the editor of Charleston Advisor, a publication about electronic resources, to ask them to include the vendor’s statement about compliance with Section 508 and WCAG as well as whether they have a VPAT statement available.
An electronic resources conference held every year in Austin was mentioned where someone could present a paper about accessibility.
Ranti and Nina are thinking about doing something with this. Maybe a preconference because to give a regular paper your topic has to get voted in.
Finding ways to communicate/advocate with Springshare about the need for skip navigation, form labels, and heading structure was suggested. Adina had emailed them about this a long time ago but not sure where to go from there.
Suggestion to have program about how Ebsco improved their accessibility while working with University of Illinois to do user testing with people who have disabilities. The conference is in Chicago, near where some of these people work, in June/July 2013. Suggestion that for future user testing it might help to include a public service librarian familiar with user behavior.
NISO webminar on accessibility was mentioned; we still need tools to assess accessibility.
Fangs (a FireFox Addon) - http://www.standards-schmandards.com/projects/fangs/
Webaim - http://webaim.org/
Certified Accessible Technician program in CA
LITA online training about accessibility was done by Nina. Still available?
Webinar on disability regulations in March by Mary Minow, info people - http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list
Libraries and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act - http://www.resnaprojects.org/nattap/goals/telecom/508/boyer.html
EDUCAUSE comment on DOJ 508 to the list
ALA Midwinter- ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group, LITA Accessibility Interest Group, and ASCLA- ALAD joint discussion meetingby S.G. Ranti Junus on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 07:28 pm
- Universal Accessibility projects on eresources accessibility
- New 508ers ALA Connect group - http://connect.ala.org/node/124514
- Others news