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Discussion Reminder: Upcoming ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups Virtual Meeting

by John Siegel on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Below is call-in information for the meeting, as well as the finalized agenda:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

AGENDA

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Below is call-in information for the meeting, as well as the finalized agenda:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

AGENDA

Virtual Meeting

ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups

January 21, 2015 - 1 p.m. CST

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Background information on ACRL/LITA/ASCLA groups

III. General Announcements

a. ACRL

b. LITA

c. ASCLA

d. Joint Meeting at Midwinter: Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm at McCormick Place in Hyde Park/CC 11A

IV. Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) Website/Project - http://uniaccessig.org/lua/

V. Potential Efforts/Projects

a. Updating online resources related to serving library users with disabilities

b. Ensuring/promoting accessibility of library databases

c. Influencing vendors on closed captioning and audio description of video materials (DVDs)

VI. Annual Conference Planning

a. Joint Meeting at Annual

b. Possibility of "show and tell" or self-guided tour at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

VII. Updates - What's happening regarding accessibility at your library, other items of interest/suggestions

VII. Wrap-up/Adjourn

 

Please note that I am one of the conveners of the virtual meeting, so feel free to contact me with questions.

There will also be a joint meeting of the accessibility groups at Midwinter. A separate announcement will follow.

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

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Discussion Virtual Meeting (Joint) - ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Accessibility Interest Groups

by John Siegel on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 01:03 pm

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).


Below is call-in information for the meeting:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842

The ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups are having a joint virtual meeting prior to ALA Midwinter via telephone conference call.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).


Below is call-in information for the meeting:

Dial (712) 775-7031
 
Meeting ID: 191-788-842


Additional details, including a finalized agenda, will follow before the meeting. I will be one of the meeting conveners. My contact information is below, as well as a *draft* agenda.
 

We hope you can join us!

Please let me know if you have questions.

Best,
John

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

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

 

*DRAFT* AGENDA

Virtual Meeting

ACRL/LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups

January 21, 2015 - 1 p.m. CST

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Background information on ACRL/LITA/ASCLA groups

III. General Announcements

a. ACRL

b. LITA

c. ASCLA

d. Joint Meeting at Midwinter: Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm at McCormick Place in Hyde Park/CC 11A

IV. Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) Website/Project - http://uniaccessig.org/lua/

V. Potential Efforts/Projects

a. Updating online resources related to serving library users with disabilities

b. Ensuring/promoting accessibility of library databases

c. Influencing vendors on closed captioning and audio description of video materials (DVDs)

VI. Annual Conference Planning

a. Joint Meeting at Annual

b. Possibility of "show and tell" or self-guided tour at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)

VII. Updates - What's happening regarding accessibility at your library, other items of interest/suggestions

VII. Wrap-up/Adjourn

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Discussion Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC) Upcoming Webinars

by John Siegel on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 01:37 pm

Upcoming webinars, which might be of interest to some:

 

Upcoming webinars, which might be of interest to some:

 

January 2015
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Dear John,

Welcome to the new year. All webinars are 1 hour unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required.
 


Free Webinars - More than just K-12

Foundations of Assistive Technology from the Center on Technology and Disability
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology – Where have we been and where are we headed? from the Center on Technology and Disability
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:30pm Pacific, 3:30pm Eastern for 30 minutes

Developing and Implementing an Accessibility Strategy: One Organization's Lessons (So Far) from Great Lakes ADA Center
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, at  11am Pacific,  2pm Eastern  

Inspiring Lifelong Learning with Bookshare from AbleNet
January 20, 2015 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern for 45 minutes
 


Free Webinars - K-12

What's Next? After Assistive Technology Consideration from MITS
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, at  12:30pm Pacific,  3:30pm Eastern for 30 minutes.
(Must register the day before.)

Using Your Own Voice in AAC Apps from AbleNet
January 6, 2015 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern- 30 minutes long

UDL Supports for Diverse Learners on iOS Devices  from AbleNet
January 15, 2015 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Let's take Action! Include all of your students by using the AbleNet Action Dictionary from AbleNet
January 22, 2015 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Special Ed Tech Center has 13 webinars in January. All start at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern. Topics include:

  • iPad: What’s new in AT? on January 5th
  • Lower Level Math Supports: Software and Web Tools on January 7th
  • Overview of iPad Accessibility on January 8th
  • iPad: TouchChat AAC - Overview on January 12th
  • Chrome AT Apps and Extensions: Part 1
  • Multi Level Math Supports: Apps and Adapted Tools on January 14th
  • Overview of Switch Access to the iPad on January 15th
  • Chrome AT Apps and Extensions: Part 2 on January 20th
  • Higher Level Math Supports: Software and Web Tools on January 21st
  • iPad: iOS Switch Control for Higher Level Students on January 22nd
  • iPad: TouchChat AAC –Literacy Ideas on January 26th
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking on January 28th
  • Simplified Step Scanning on the iPad on January 29th

News

Dave Edyburn has posted his annual review of the assisitive technology literature, including research on iPads, evidence-based practice, and research using SET.

The Special Ed Tech Center has posted a comparison of e-Book readers (under What's New) and electronic text resources.
 


Archived Professional Development

The first webinar in the Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology – Where have we been and where are we headed? series from the Center on Technology and Disability has been posted.

NFB and MATP''s Web Accessibility Training Day materials are now online. Click on the session titles to hear audio archived sessions, including Google MOOC Introduction to Web Accessibility, HTML5 Accessible Design, and The Section 508 Refresh.
 
Tips for Making Your Events Accessible to People with Disabilities from AbiiltyTools are on YouTube.
 


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 Listserv Email Address Change - Coming Soon!

by John Siegel on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

ALA’s Postini spam detection software is being replaced in December.  To make a new solution for spam detection possible, a change in the ALA email routing is required for ALA’s mailing lists.
 
Effective Thursday, November 13th, 2014, all ALA e-lists will have a slightly different address.
 
The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv address will become:

ALA’s Postini spam detection software is being replaced in December.  To make a new solution for spam detection possible, a change in the ALA email routing is required for ALA’s mailing lists.
 
Effective Thursday, November 13th, 2014, all ALA e-lists will have a slightly different address.
 
The ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv address will become:

uniaccess@lists.ala.org
 

Please make a note and begin sending messages on Thursday, November 13 to the list's new address above.
 
Thanks!
John

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Discussion E-Book Accessibility News

by John Siegel on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:59 am

Thought folks might be interested to know what's happening on the e-book accessibility front:

Thought folks might be interested to know what's happening on the e-book accessibility front:

"ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) renewed their opposition to a petition filed by the Coalition of E-book Manufacturers seeking a waiver from complying with disability legislation and regulation (specifically Sections 716 and 717 of the Communications Act as Enacted by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010). Amazon, Kobo, and Sony are the members of the coalition, and they argue that they do not have to make their e-readers’ Advanced Communications Services (ACS) accessible to people with print disabilities."

Read more: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2014/10/ala-opposes-e-book-accessibility...

 

Regards,

John

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

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

 

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Discussion Persons with Disabilities Sensitivity Training Video

by John Siegel on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

I wanted to pass along a link to a great YouTube video that is short, incorporates humor, and effective. It would be great for training. I have recommended it here at my library for all of the librarians, staff, and student workers.

There are closed-captions, and a transcript for the video is in the works.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8&feature=youtu.be

 

Cheers,

John

 

I wanted to pass along a link to a great YouTube video that is short, incorporates humor, and effective. It would be great for training. I have recommended it here at my library for all of the librarians, staff, and student workers.

There are closed-captions, and a transcript for the video is in the works.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8&feature=youtu.be

 

Cheers,

John

 

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

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

 

 

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Discussion Upcoming Accessibility Webinars

by John Siegel on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

FYI...

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint
Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT
Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

FYI...

Free Webinar: Creating accessible Narrated PowerPoint
Presenter: Norman Coombs, CEO EASI and Professor Emeritas RIT
Tuesday Sept. 16: 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

Creating accessible narrated Powerpoint, first assumes an accessible
PowerPoint presentation. This will only be touched on briefly in this
presentation. Next, the presentation will walk participants through
the process of setting up the parameters for the show and then
recording the content to go with each slide. Last, it will explain
the different options for the show's output and the reasons for each choice.

Free EASI Webinar: PDF in the Classroom: The Future of Digital Textbooks
Presenters: Karen McCall and Adam Spencer
Tuesday, September 23 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern

This Webinar will be an one hour webinar on strategies for
implementing the PDF/UA (Universal Access) international standard for
PDF accessibility and what it means to publishers and students with
disabilities.
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm#september

EASI also has a Webinar series in October on creating accessible
ePub3 documents

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Check out EASI's New Synchronous Clinics:
http://easi.cc/clinic.htm

EASI Home Page http://www.rit.edu/~easi
Online Courses and Clinics http://easi.cc/workshop.htm

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Discussion Midwinter Attendance

by John Siegel on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

Is anyone planning on attending Midwinter? I am trying to determine if there is interest in an in-person ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) meeting at the conference. The ALA deadline for meeting room requests is September 22, which is right around the corner. I may check with LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups to see if they are coordinating anything and the possibility of a joint meeting.

Even if a Midwinter meeting happens, there are still plans for having a virtual meeting or meeting via text chat. More details to come.

Thanks,
John

Is anyone planning on attending Midwinter? I am trying to determine if there is interest in an in-person ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) meeting at the conference. The ALA deadline for meeting room requests is September 22, which is right around the corner. I may check with LITA/ASCLA Universal Accessibility Interest Groups to see if they are coordinating anything and the possibility of a joint meeting.

Even if a Midwinter meeting happens, there are still plans for having a virtual meeting or meeting via text chat. More details to come.

Thanks,
John

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Discussion Webinar - "Would You Watch It?" (Creating Video Tutorials)

by John Siegel on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 02:06 pm

I wanted to pass along an announcement about an upcoming webinar on video tutorials that I thought might be of interest, given the inclusion of accessibility for persons with disabilities:

I wanted to pass along an announcement about an upcoming webinar on video tutorials that I thought might be of interest, given the inclusion of accessibility for persons with disabilities:

Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Thursday, September 18 at 3:00 pm EST for a webcast presentation and discussion with Nichole Martin and Ross Martin. Video tutorials provide libraries a way to meet online learners at their place and time of need. At Seminole State College of Florida, Nichole and Ross have increased tutorial production to meet the growing demands of distance learning courses. To ensure high quality video production, they studied best practices outlined in library literature, as well as findings from other fields invested in video communication: education, business, journalism, and television production. Through research and personal experience, they discovered methods to create effective and engaging video tutorials that are high-definition, mobile-friendly, and accessible for disabled viewers.

To learn more and sign up for the webcast (you can also access the archive of the webcast) go to: http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/would-you-watch-it/#.VBHyIWPurMj

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Discussion Greetings!

by John Siegel on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

Hi everyone!

I wanted to take a moment and send a quick introduction. I am the convener of the Universal Accessibility Interest Group this year. Thank you for being a part of the group. I look forward to working with you all!

I apologize for not getting the ball rolling sooner. I am playing catch-up from medical leave over the summer, so I appreciate your patience as I get up to speed.

Hi everyone!

I wanted to take a moment and send a quick introduction. I am the convener of the Universal Accessibility Interest Group this year. Thank you for being a part of the group. I look forward to working with you all!

I apologize for not getting the ball rolling sooner. I am playing catch-up from medical leave over the summer, so I appreciate your patience as I get up to speed.

If you have suggestions for the Interest Group, do not hesitate to let me know. Also, please join me in giving a warm welcome to Laura DeLancey from Western Kentucky University, the Incoming Convener for 2015-2016.

Best,
John

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

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

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