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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.  Celebrating Accessibility

    Posted Sep 08, 2023 03:05 PM
    Edited by Anaya Jones Sep 08, 2023 03:30 PM

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the August poll which asked, "How is Accessibility related to your job responsibilities?"  Have a look at the August results. I found it noteworthy that 8 responders noted that accessibility is in their job title or description, and 7 people indicated they are exploring how their own work or organization can move towards accessibility. While we are at different stages in our accessibility practice, we are united in our commitment to equitable libraries. 

    From Global Accessibility Awareness Day in May to the ADA Anniversary in July, the calendar is full of events that celebrate disability and accessibility milestones. Next month, October, is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the U.S. The U.S. Dept. Of Labor shares promotional materials you can download or order for your library's events. Sharing resources and framing conversation around the employment aspect of accessibility (job skills, inclusive hiring practices, workplace accessibility, etc.) is a way for libraries and librarians to support users and library workers.  

    Let's Discuss: What does your library have planned for disability and accessibility holidays this year?

    Or what events have you seen at other institutions that you'd like to incorporate into your programming?  

    For our quick poll this month, we'd like to know  the groups your work supports. See what your colleagues have to say. 

    Thank you!



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    Catherine Lantz
    Reference Librarian & Liaison
    University of Illinois, Chicago
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  • 2.  RE: Celebrating Accessibility

    Posted Sep 11, 2023 10:00 AM

    Thus far, I (and no one else within the library to my knowledge) haven't done  a lot with events, in October or otherwise. However, I did join forces with our Digital Accessibility folks last year to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day- and the hope is to do this again this year.

    My colleague Casey Hickey devised a 21 day accessibility learning pathway for the event that you can find on Northeastern's Digital Accessibility page



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    Anaya Jones She/Her/Hers
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    Accessibility & Online Learning Librarian
    Northeastern University
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  • 3.  RE: Celebrating Accessibility

    Posted Sep 11, 2023 11:25 AM
    Anaya - I really like the 21 day learning pathway, especially the "choose your own adventure" section. Do you mind if I share this with our IT Accessibility group at Arizona State University? They might be interested in creating something similar. Last year they created a digital badge for GAAD
     
    As far as I know, our Library doesn't have anything planned for October, but my institution is holding its inaugural ASU Accessibility Awareness Day conference in October. This came about because students and a lot of faculty have already left for the summer when GAAD takes place and the provost agreed to make October 19th ASU Accessibility Awareness Day. I'm on the planning committee for the conference and the library is supporting it be making branded bookmarks for the event.
     
    One of our staff members periodically arranges for therapy animals to come to the various library buildings, typically around midterms and finals. So far we have had dogs and cats, but I know she is hoping to expand it to include miniature horses and other animals. I just checked, and Mental Health Awareness month is May. Since Spring semester finals are usually the first week of May and we usually have some therapy animals here, it makes sense to make it an awareness month event. Our event organizer might already do that - I should check.

    I know the library is interested in doing more and probably will in the future. I'd love to hear what others are doing.


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    Karen Grondin
    Licensing and Copyright Librarian
    Arizona State University Library
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  • 4.  RE: Celebrating Accessibility

    Posted Sep 11, 2023 03:10 PM

    Karen, 

    Share away- I helped, but this is Casey Hickey's project. Holding another event in October is a great way to include students!



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    Anaya Jones She/Her/Hers
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    Accessibility & Online Learning Librarian
    Northeastern University
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