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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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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

Follow us: facebook.com/ualrlib | twitter.com/ualr_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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Discussion Virtual Meeting Minutes (January 21) - ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups

by John Siegel on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 03:55 pm

Attached please find the minutes from the virtual meeting held January 21. If there are corrections, please let me know.

My apologies for delay. I just had the time today to compile and write them up.

For those of you at Midwinter: Enjoy your time in Chicago! [I am from the city -- (grew up there) -- and visited back over the holidays!]
 

Best,
John

Attached please find the minutes from the virtual meeting held January 21. If there are corrections, please let me know.

My apologies for delay. I just had the time today to compile and write them up.

For those of you at Midwinter: Enjoy your time in Chicago! [I am from the city -- (grew up there) -- and visited back over the holidays!]
 

Best,
John

--
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

Follow us: facebook.com/ualrlib | twitter.com/ualr_library

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Discussion ALA Annual Preconference: The American's With Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library.

by John Siegel on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 01:08 pm

If you or someone from your library is attending ALA Annual in San Francisco, there's an interesting preconference on ADA.
 
~John
 
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Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is open and ASCLA wants to make you aware of an exciting preconference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and libraries.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the same time as ALA Annual, the ADA is a monumental civil rights law that helps ensure equal access to everyone, including people with disabilities.

If you or someone from your library is attending ALA Annual in San Francisco, there's an interesting preconference on ADA.
 
~John
 
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Registration for the ALA Annual Conference is open and ASCLA wants to make you aware of an exciting preconference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and libraries.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the same time as ALA Annual, the ADA is a monumental civil rights law that helps ensure equal access to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Understanding the ADA is important for all types of libraries.  The preconference session presented by the Pacific ADA Center will answer many of the questions you have about serving people with disabilities, and even questions you didn’t know you had!

This preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA.

Preconference session topics will include:

 • An overview of the ADA – who and what does it cover?

 • Excellent customer service skills and appropriate terminology to use with library     patrons with disabilities

 • Effective communication with patrons who have vision and hearing disabilities

 • Accessible technology and how libraries can use it

 • Hiring and accommodation of library staff with disabilities

 • The basics about service animals

 • The ADA quiz - how much do you know?

For more information, please visit these sites:
 
http://christophercorrigan.com/precon.html [includes how to sign-up for updates]
 
http://alaac15.ala.org/ticketed-events#ASCLA
 
To register, go to http://alaac15.ala.org/register-now.
 
The cutoff period between opening of registration and the decision to cancel a preconference is short. Now that it is time to register, please consider adding this informative preconference to you plans for Annual.

You may also let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Christopher Corrigan

Designated Director, Special Populations

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

corrigancj23@gmail.com

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Discussion Attending Midwinter?

by John Siegel on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Please note that the ACRL/ASCLA/LITA Accessibility Interest Groups will be holding a joint meeting at ALA Midwinter on Sunday, Feburary 1 from 3:00-4:00p.m. at McCormick Place, Hyde Park/CC 11 A. On ALA Scheduler: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25906

If you are attending, it would be great to see you there!

We are currently putting together an agenda to post soon.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Thanks,

John

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