Universal Accessibility Interest Group

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Charge: Offers librarians, support staff, students, and other advocates networking and collaboration opportunities, information sharing and programming to promote accessibility in academic libraries, including web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities and captioning processes.
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  • 1.  ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 24, 2015 07:59 PM
    If you are attending ACRL, there is a program on collection development and accessibility:


    Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Thursday, March 26 - 3-4 p.m.

    Oregon Convention Center - Room F151-152

    Access barriers do not only exist in the physical environment but also online. When making collection decisions with regard to e-resources, librarians tend not to consider the needs of people with disability. Librarians can learn much form California State University's efforts to put in place a barrier-free online learning environment. Also providing insights into the vendors' perspective, this program is designed to help librarians develop effective strategies for a more inclusive online information environment.


    Presenters/Speakers:
    Michele Bruno, Program Manager, Accessibility, Cengage Learning

    Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative CSU Office of the Chancellor, California State University, Office of the Chancellor

    Axel Schmetzke, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    I am going to contact Axel, who has done a lot of research on accessibility and has posted before on the ACRL accessibility discussion list (UNIACCESS), to see if he would be willing to share a copy of the presentation slides and/or other materials with UNIACCESS and on Adobe Connect, as well as the LITA and ASCLA accessibility groups.


    Hope everyone is having a happy start of spring. It is spring break here at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). For those of you at ACRL, enjoy!


    Regards,

    John


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    John Siegel - ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group Convener, '14-'15



  • 2.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 24, 2015 10:14 PM

    Anyone attending ACRL want to do a meetup sometime? I'm new to the group and it would be nice even to just get a cup of coffee or something with people if we can figure it out.



  • 3.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 25, 2015 07:07 AM

    Teresa:

    I will not be at ACRL, but I wanted to extend my welcome to the group. I am the convener of the Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) for 2014-2015. If you have questions, please let me know.

    Have a good time at ACRL!

    ~John



  • 4.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 25, 2015 05:52 PM

    I hope somebody who attend the presentation can take some notes and share back with the group.

    Re: Axel's presentation: good idea! Thanks, John. Hopefully other presenters would share theirs too. 

     

    thanks,

    ranti.



  • 5.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 25, 2015 10:53 PM

    I can take notes and share with the group.

     

    Cheers,

    Teresa



  • 6.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 26, 2015 10:58 AM

    Thank you Teresa and John!  I'm really looking forward to any possible info about how to work with vendors more productively on this.



  • 7.  RE: ACRL Presentation: Collection Development, e-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

    Posted Mar 26, 2015 05:51 PM

    I'd like to add my thanks, too! I look forward to your updates, Teresa and John!

    ~Melissa