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Discussion More on ACRL...

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 08:16 am

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

http://uniaccessig.org/lua/acrl15/
 
Axel wanted a link to share with the audience at ACRL, so I created the LUA post. This post includes a plug for LUA as well as the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups.

I also went through the ACRL conference proceedings, which are posted online individually -- http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/acrl2015/papers. [Note that not all presenters submitted conference proceedings.]


Some items of interest regarding accessibility in the proceedings:

Ebook Showdown: Evaluating Academic Ebook Platforms from a User Perspective -- Christina Mune and Ann Agee

* There is extensive coverage about accessibility of ebook platforms from vendors (ABC CLIO, EBSCO, etc.) including a nice chart that details features such as JAWS (screenreader) compatibility.

Looks Matter: The Impact of Visual and Inclusive Design on Usability, Accessibility, and Online Learning -- Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Melissa Gomis

* Discusses the creation of a plagiarism website with accessibility/universal design in mind.
 
And on a final note...If you were one of the lucky ones to attend ACRL and a program that highlights accessibility, I encourage you to post your notes, thoughts, and/or take-aways. Even if your write-up is brief, this is extremely valuable to others as we work to enhance and promote accessibility in our libraries. One ACRL-goer had mentioned she was going to attend Axel's session and share her comments. (Thanks, Teresa!)

Happy weekend!

John

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John Siegel, MLS | Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (2014-2015)
Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Discussion News Story of Possible Interest: 'Invisible Disabilities'

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 07:21 am

Earlier in March, NPR featured a piece on people with 'invisible disabilities' and increasing awareness.
 
Below is a link to the story:

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/08/391517412/people-with-invisible-disabiliti...

Discussion Webinar: Universal Design for Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 07:17 am

ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is sponsoring a webinar next week on Wednesday, April 1 from 1-2:15 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on universal design. I just found out about it, so my apologies for the last minute notice. Please note that there is a fee for registration for individuals or groups. 

Overview of Webinar:

ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is sponsoring a webinar next week on Wednesday, April 1 from 1-2:15 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on universal design. I just found out about it, so my apologies for the last minute notice. Please note that there is a fee for registration for individuals or groups. 

Overview of Webinar:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides an excellent framework for classroom technique and theory for librarians, instructors, teachers, and professors at all levels. UDL allows learners to more fully engage with information literacy instruction by using good design strategies that allow flexibility and multiple methods of engagement.

This webinar will provide an overview of UDL, its relevance to information literacy programs, and the resources available to librarians. The overview will focus on the basic ideas behind Universal Design for Learning, including its application in K-12 schools and higher education; and research based on neuroscience and psychology. Using the new ACRL Framework as a lens, presenters will provide an introduction to UDL tools and resources.

For more details and to register:  
http://www.ala.org/rusa/universal-design.

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Discussion Collection Development, E-Resources, and Accessibility (ACRL Presentation)

by John Siegel on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 09:10 pm

As I previously announced, Axel Schmetzke, Cheryl Pruitt, and Michele Bruno are presenting on collection development, e-resources, and meeting the needs of people with disabilities at ACRL 2015 in Portland.
 
Axel and his co-presenters were kind enough to allow posting of their presentation slides.

You can access the slides via the PPTX (PowerPoint) or PDF (Adobe Reader) attachments.

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As I previously announced, Axel Schmetzke, Cheryl Pruitt, and Michele Bruno are presenting on collection development, e-resources, and meeting the needs of people with disabilities at ACRL 2015 in Portland.
 
Axel and his co-presenters were kind enough to allow posting of their presentation slides.

You can access the slides via the PPTX (PowerPoint) or PDF (Adobe Reader) attachments.

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John Siegel, MLS |
Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (2014-2015)
Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository- Libraries for Universal Accessibility

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.

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

Access IT

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

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.

JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool

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

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository

Screen Reader User Guide for Library Databases:

Jaws Screen Reader User Guides for Library Databases from Penn State. 

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 and Settlements in Higher Education:

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement (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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Discussion LibGuides v2

by John Siegel on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 09:37 pm

I know a lot of academic libraries use LibGuides. If you were not already aware, Springshare, the maker of LibGuides, introduced a new "platform"/version for LibGuides in April 2014 known as LibGuides v2.

Has anyone migrated to the new version already? If so, are there any concerns with accessibility? Has anyone investigated or tested accessibility with screenreaders, etc.?

The reason I ask....

I know a lot of academic libraries use LibGuides. If you were not already aware, Springshare, the maker of LibGuides, introduced a new "platform"/version for LibGuides in April 2014 known as LibGuides v2.

Has anyone migrated to the new version already? If so, are there any concerns with accessibility? Has anyone investigated or tested accessibility with screenreaders, etc.?

The reason I ask....

I attended a webinar yesterday discussing migration to LibGuides v2. Springshare has said that they are currently planning on supporting the older version (v1) at least through 2015.  However, the presenter announced that a firm date has not been set, and Springshare is allowing libraries to migrate on their own timeframe.

I brought up the issue of accessibility to the presenter, Zinthia Briceno-Rosales. Zinthia said v2 had been reviewed "peripherally" and that further review was in the works. She also said that Springshare was planning on doing a review once per year. I explained that review needed to be a priority and recommended that a review be done more than once per year. She said she'd pass along my comments to the developers.

I will say that Springshare has been responsive to ADA issues in the past. My Disability Resource Center (DRC) on campus reviewed LibGuides for accessibility and made several recommendations for changes. Springshare was very responsive and implemented all of the changes. Zinthia, the presenter, said that Springshare was open to any suggestions that libraries had to improve accessibility.

I am planning on having my campus DRC review a LibGuides v2 site as a number of libraries have already implemented the new version. You can get a full list at this page: http://libguides.com/community.php?m=i. To find all institutions, simply change "All Products" to "LibGuides v2."

If you have comments to share, please post them.  As soon as I have a report from my DRC on v2, I will share it.

Thanks much,

John

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Discussion Harvard and MIT Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions

by John Siegel on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 02:56 pm

[Thanks to Adina Mulliken for passing this along...]

Lewin, T. (2015, February 12). Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions.  New York Times. 

[Thanks to Adina Mulliken for passing this along...]

Lewin, T. (2015, February 12). Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions.  New York Times. 

Retrieved on Feb 13, 2015 from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/education/harvard-and-mit-sued-over-failing-to-caption-online-courses.html?_r=0

Have a nice weekend!

Regards,
John

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Discussion White Paper on Discoverability, Including Accessibility

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 07:13 pm

SAGE put out a white paper on discovery of scholarly content in academic libraries. There are interesting questions and findings on accessibility on pp. 8-9. Although it was a small study, about 23% of respondents indicated that their libraries required compliance with accessibility standards for licenses and 44% did not know.
 
Here is a link to the paper: http://ow.ly/HLe5p

As an aside, there was an in-booth presentation and discussion of the results at Midwinter.

Regards,
John

SAGE put out a white paper on discovery of scholarly content in academic libraries. There are interesting questions and findings on accessibility on pp. 8-9. Although it was a small study, about 23% of respondents indicated that their libraries required compliance with accessibility standards for licenses and 44% did not know.
 
Here is a link to the paper: http://ow.ly/HLe5p

As an aside, there was an in-booth presentation and discussion of the results at Midwinter.

Regards,
John

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John Siegel, MLS | Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Discussion FREE Webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 06:54 pm

FYI...

 
Forwarding a list of free webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)....
 
Free Webinars - Younger

FYI...

 
Forwarding a list of free webinars from Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)....
 
Free Webinars - Younger

Communication Technology for Toddlers fron Ability Tools 
Wednesday, February 18th10AM Pacific. 1PM Eastern
 


Free Webinars - K-12 & Adults

Switch Assessment, Part 1: for clients with muscle weakness from AbleNet
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9am Pacific, Noon Eastern 

Accessible Educational Materials in 2015: The Basics from AEM
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern 

Google Apps and Extensions for Assistive Technology from GA Tools for Life
Thursday, February 12 2015, Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Overview of Switch Control on iOS Devices from AbleNet
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00pm CST - 60 minutes

Fine Motor and Sensory Apps for the iPad: Inexpensive and Free! GA Tools for Life
Thursday February 19 2015, Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern

AEM in the IEP: Who Needs Accessible Materials and Where Do They Fit? Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern 

Fun Activities using Basic Switch Technology from AbleNet
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern  - 30 minutes

K-12 Teachers may also want to look at the 13 other webinars from the Special Ed. Technology Center in WA, mainly held at 3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern. Topics include joystick access to an iPad, low tech, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and AAC.
 


Free Webinars - Older Adults
 

Rapid Access Communication Tools from the ALS Association
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
 


Newly Archived Professional Development

iPad and the Struggling Writer from ISTE

The Transformative Power of iPad in the Inclusive Music Making Setting from ISTE

Demystifying AAC from Avaz (YouTube) Slides available as well.

Apps to Support a Successful Transition from MATN

OCALI on Demand has a searchable database of webinars on AT and Autism,  Low-Incidence Disabilities, Transition, and UDL.
 


Click here to like us on Facebook which is where we post late additions to the webinar calendar. And share your own AT news!

The Accessible Technology Coalition is a volunteer project, started with ARRA funds through the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).

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Discussion Free Webinar: Assistive Technology in Libraries (TechSoup for Libraries)

by John Siegel on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 06:49 pm

 [Forwarded by Jim Tobias]

Please join us for the following free webinar on assistive technology implementation in public libraries:

Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action

 [Forwarded by Jim Tobias]

Please join us for the following free webinar on assistive technology implementation in public libraries:

Inclusive Information Access: Assistive Technology in Action

Wednesday, Feburary 18, 11:00AM-12:00PM PST

Registration link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/dcyv8rjmj2m1&eom

 

Does your library technology accommodate users with disabilities? From public access technology to online resources, libraries must be sensitive to the needs of all users, especially those who may not be able to fully access information using traditional technology.

Join us for this free webinar to learn what libraries have done to create a more inclusive technology environment. Assistive technology is the software, peripherals, and specialized devices that help connect disabled individuals with information and communication. Hear how these libraries have played a key role in allowing disabled patrons to fully participate in and benefit from digital technology.

  • Nancy Murillo is Director of the Pittsburg - Camp County Library (TX), where she recently implemented a new all-in-one assistive technology computer in partnership with the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind.
  • Clay Ragan is the Director of the Computer Training Bridge at the Forsyth County Library (NC), where they have assistive technology stations located in branches throughout the system.

Note: This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register to receive an email notification when the archive is available.

Questions? Email me at cschimpf@techsoupglobal.org


Crystal Schimpf

Webinar Producer

TechSoup for Libraries

cschimpf@techsoupglobal.org

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