ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group Section
ASCLA's Universal Access Interest Group promotes inclusive library services through fostering relationships among librarians who are passionate about equal access to library resources for all patrons regardless of physical ability, hearing, or vision.
Meetings include time for sharing information about accessibility programs / services for people with disabilities and to ask questions for discussion and brainstorming. UAIG projects also will be discussed, including development of an on-line clearinghouse for resources re: serving children and youth with disabilities.
The deadline for proposals for ASCLA's 2014 Annual Conference programs, preconferences and Midwinter Meeting institutes has been extended to June 1!
More details at the ASCLA blog: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/2013/04/call-for-proposals-ascla-2014-programs-preconferences-institutes/
**Who can propose a program, institute or preconference?** Any current ASCLA member can propose one of these events, however we strongly encourage support and sponsorship from one of our interest groups! If you’re not an interest group member, consider joining one and using the group as a springboard for your conference event ideas. Check out the list of our interest groups, contact information for interest group leaders and instructions on how to join.
**What sorts of topics are of interest?** The best topics represent ASCLA’s core member areas–state library agencies, special populations librarians, independent librarians and library consultants, and resource-sharing librarians at networks and cooperatives–but are also of interest to librarians throughout the profession from all types of libraries. Keep in mind that topics should still be relevant in January and June 2014 when they are finally presented! You can browse our interest group list here for inspiration.
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We look forward to reviewing your submissions. :o)
As voting begins for the Conversation Starters during ALA Annual this year, please consider voting for two programs promoting universal access to all library patrons.
The first—EXPANDING LIBRARY COMMUNITY THROUGH ACCESSIBLE GAMING—discusses how, by offering accessible gaming opportunities, libraries will bring in patrons with disabilities who will develop fresh skills to assist them in school, work and life. Venetia Demson, chief of the Adaptive Services Division of the DC Public Library and Mark Barlet, of the Able Gamers Foundation, will be on hand to discuss the first accessible gaming station in a Public Library.
The second—ACCESSIBILITY IS USABILITY—makes the case that considering the virtual needs of users with disabilities helps ensure usability and universal design. Chris Corrigan, also of Adaptive Services, will give an introduction to web accessibility, who the standards apply to, types of disabilities, how people with disabilities use the web, different adaptive technologies, how to write accessible code, how this promotes universal access and easy ways to check for accessibility.
Thank you in advance and see you at Annual!
Interface, ASCLA's e-newsletter, would like to hear from your interest group about any news, programs, activities, projects, plans, etc. that you are working on.
Please send a paragraph or 2 to Anne Abate: firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 15, 2011. We'll also include the link to your connect group if you provide it so that you can recruit more members!
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Time is running out to apply for the ALSC Light the Way Grant. A $3000 grant sponsored by Candlewick Press, the award is to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.