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Discussion FWD: Web Accessibility Blog Highlights Tools for Evaluating Digital Resources

by John Siegel on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 08:48 am

Happy Friday, everyone!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I wanted to forward along a message from the Association of Research Libraries' accessibility Google Group. The blog post highlights the VPAT repository and other accessibility resources..
 
If you are interested in joining this Google Group, please visit https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/d/forum/accessibility-community
 
Have a good weekend!
 
Best,
John

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Prue Adler prue@arl.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 2:27 PM
Subject: [accessibility-community] Web Accessibility Blog Highlights Tools for Evaluating Digital Resources
To: accessibility-community@arl.org
Cc: Prudence S Adler prue@arl.org>

Good afternoon!
 
ARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska writes about evalutaing the accessibility of digital resources in a new Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog post, “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.” In her post, Pereyaslavska highlights a few tools that can help libraries in their e-resource procurement decisions: the vendor-generated Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), the VPAT Repository, and the forthcoming Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) vendor template. Read more about evaluating the accessibility of digital resources in “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.”
 
Best. - Prue

Prudence S. Adler
Associate Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
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John Siegel, MLS | Associate Professor-Student Success Librarian
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives | 
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Discussion Meeting Minutes from ALA Annual

by John Siegel on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 04:54 pm

Attached please find meeting minutes from ALA in San Francisco. Please note that this was a joint meeting with the ASCLA and LITA accessibility interest groups.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Best,

John

Discussion Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Resource

by John Siegel on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 04:01 pm

Pardon any duplication.
 
I just found out a resource kit on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through one of my email lists, which was put together in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
 

Pardon any duplication.
 
I just found out a resource kit on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through one of my email lists, which was put together in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
 
ADA National Network/Southeast ADA Center: ADA Anniversary Tool Kit: Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. July 26 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To celebrate, the ADA National Network has created a tool kit for use by the public and the media. This tool kit includes background and history on the ADA, statistics, videos, social media messages, and other resources.

 
Best,
John
 

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Discussion Study on Screen Reader Users & Navigating Library Websites

by John Siegel on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 08:33 am

A call for study participants was posted on the Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv.  The link should take you to the post in the listserv archive http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/uniaccess/2015-07/msg00000.html 

 

(Additionally, if you would like to join the listserv, you can do so from the archive page.  The listserv is open to all.)

 

Discussion Virtual Meeting Recap

by John Siegel on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

Yesterday afternoon, the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) held a virtual meeting. The virtual meeting had about 15 attendees.

Yesterday afternoon, the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) held a virtual meeting. The virtual meeting had about 15 attendees.

If you attended the virtual meeting, please take a short 5 minute online survey. This will help with compiling names of attendees and getting feedback about the virtual meeting. We would appreciate your responses by Monday, June 22, 2015.

The survey is available through SurveyMonkey at the link below. If you experience problems accessing the survey, or have questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/uaig
 

Minutes of the virtual meeting will be forthcoming, but here are some highlights:

UAIG and other accessibility resources were briefly discussed.

All are invited to join the UNIACCESS e-mail list. You do not need to be a UAIG member to subscribe.

 

The discussion is not limited to academic libraries.

To join the UNIACCESS e-mail list, please visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/uniaccess.

If you do not already have an account for ALA Electronic Discussion Lists, you will need to create one. Use the First login? link, or if you already have an account, sign in with your email address and password.

If you experience problems subscribing to UNIACCESS, please contact John Siegel – jxsiegel@ualr.edu.

 

The UAIG also has a space on ALA Connect – http://connect.ala.org/node/75381.

You need to be an ALA member, but not a member of the UAIG.

At the top of the page, in the right-hand corner, select the Login link and sign in with your ALA username and password.

Once you are logged in, select the Follow this Group link toward the top of the page.

If you experience problems, please contact John Siegel – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

 

Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) – http://uniaccessig.org/lua

LUA is not limited to accessibility in academic libraries.

There is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) repository available through the LUA site. Use the VPAT Repository link in the top bar of the homepage. If you would like to contribute to the VPAT Repository or have questions, please contact Laura DeLancey, incoming UAIG convener – laura.delancey@wku.edu

Contributions and postings to the LUA site are encouraged. Use the Learn More button in the middle of the page.

 

ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Web Accessibility Toolkit-- http://accessibility.arl.org/

A blog and Google Group on accessibility were recently introduced.

If you are interested in contributing a blog post, e-mail accessibility@arl.org

To join the Google Group, please request access through this link: https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/d/forum/accessibility-community

Accessibility of Google Groups was unknown, so please let ARL and UAIG know if there are issues.
 

A brief introduction of Talking Communities (TC), an accessibility product for web conferencing, was given by representatives of TC.

TC reps were invited because the UAIG is testing out web conferencing tools that will help with accessibility and enhance participation in virtual meetings.

For more information on Talking Communities (TC), visit http://www.talkingcommunities.com

The TC reps would be more than happy to answer questions. Contact Lorn at lorn@talkingcommunities.com

 

Attendees shared a variety of accessibility happenings and projects they are working on at the end of the meeting.

There were lots of good resources shared! More details will follow in the minutes.

 

Attending ALA in San Francisco? Several events were highlighted.

UAIG& ASCLA & LITA Accessibility Interest Groups Joint Meeting

Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hilton San Francisco UNION SQUARE, Fourth (4th) Floor, Tower 3

Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Please note that there is more than one Hilton San Francisco, and the location of the joint meeting is at the Union Square location.

 

Social Get Together on Accessibility

Sunday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Tentative location: Bluestem Brasserie

Please RSVP by iday, June 19 to Laura DeLancey – laura.delancey@wku.edu

Come talk about accessibility in a relaxed environment with colleagues and advocates!

Preconference on ADA

iday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More information on the preconference

 

ASCLA LSPVD/Print Disabilities Interest Group

Sunday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.

More information on the ASCLA Print Disabilities Interest Group Meeting

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Discussion ALA Annual - Joint Meeting of ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA Accessibility Interest Groups: Agenda

by John Siegel on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 04:12 pm

There will be a joint meeting of the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco. If you are going to San Francisco, we hope you can join us!

The meeting will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Francisco, Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Attached please find an agenda for the joint meeting.

 

There will be a joint meeting of the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco. If you are going to San Francisco, we hope you can join us!

The meeting will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Francisco, Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Attached please find an agenda for the joint meeting.

 

 

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Discussion Virtual Meeting - Connection Information & Agenda

by John Siegel on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

All:

I hope that you will be able to participate in the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) virtual meeting next Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Connection information: Dial (877) 679-9603   Participant Passcode: 21632955

For questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

Attached is an agenda.

Best,
John

All:

I hope that you will be able to participate in the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) virtual meeting next Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Connection information: Dial (877) 679-9603   Participant Passcode: 21632955

For questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

Attached is an agenda.

Best,
John

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

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Discussion "25 Years of the ADA" -- Includes useful resources on disability history

by John Siegel on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

All:
 
Please pardon the flurry of announcements/posts.

This weekend I found out about an article featured on the "Programming Librarian" page of ALA. Katherine Schneider's piece discusses ways to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA. She also includes a number of useful resources on disability history and a discussion of the new accessible icon.

http://programminglibrarian.org/articles/25-years-americans-disabilities...

Best,

John

Discussion American Libraries (June 2015): Plug for VPAT Repository

by John Siegel on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm

All:

All:

If you have not already seen it, the June 2015 issue of ALA's American Libraries magazine has a plug for accessibility on p.8 "Column Enabled." Lily Sacharow discusses the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) website -- http://uniaccess.org/lua -- and specifically the work of Laura DeLancey on the VPAT repository on the LUA site. Laura is the incoming convener of the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group. Thanks to Lily for taking the time to keep accessibility in the forefront and a well-deserved congratulations to Laura.

American Libraries can be accessed online at http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/magazine/issues/june-2015/. The PDF version looks to be accessible. I was not sure about the "View Print Version" access, which opens to a PageSuite product that allows you to access two printed pages at a time. As an aside, I'd be curious to know if anyone experiences difficulties.

Best,

John

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Discussion Attending Annual? Reminder about Universal Accessibility Interest Group Social

by John Siegel on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) Social at ALA Annual in San Francisco

RSVP deadline extended!

Time: Sunday, June 28 6:30pm

Location: Bluestem Brasserie (http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/).  Google estimates a 7 minute walk from Moscone Center

Map of directions from Moscone Center: https://goo.gl/maps/V1UIE

Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) Social at ALA Annual in San Francisco

RSVP deadline extended!

Time: Sunday, June 28 6:30pm

Location: Bluestem Brasserie (http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/).  Google estimates a 7 minute walk from Moscone Center

Map of directions from Moscone Center: https://goo.gl/maps/V1UIE

We have contacted the restaurant about accessibility of the entrance, bathrooms, and noise level.  The menu http://www.bluestembrasserie.com/perch/resources/bluestemdinnerjune2015.png is subject to change, but appears to include a variety of dietary options, although it would be wise to check with the restaurant for specific restrictions.  (Bring cash, as they have limited willingness to split checks!)

Please RSVP (laura.delancey@wku.edu) by Friday, June 19th so we can make a reservation, and let us know if you have additional accessibility needs.

We hope you can join us!

 

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