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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General Business Meeting for UAIG

  • 1.  General Business Meeting for UAIG

    Posted Jun 25, 2021 12:03 PM
    Hello, all!

    I want to start by offering my sincere apologies for our technical difficulties this morning; unfortunately I was unable to open our Zoom room for our business meeting. I know this was frustrating for many, and I'm very sorry for it. 

    Maya and I only have a few items that we wanted to bring to you all.


    1. Interest Group renewal
      1. Maya and I applied to renew the Universal Accessibility Interest Group through June 30, 2024. Renewal was approved at the June 23, 2021, ACRL Board of Director's virtual meeting.
    2. The UAIG listserv has officially been retired. ALA Connect has fully taken over as the Interest Group's mode of communication.
    3. Leadership changes
      1. As of June 30, Meredith will be stepping down as current convener and Maya Hobscheid will be taking over. Leadership for the 2021-2022 ACRL term will be:
        1. Convener: Maya Hobscheid
        2. Incoming convener: Trisha Prevett
        3. Outgoing convener: Meredith Knoff
    4. Shared resources
      1. In April, Maya and I put out a call for projects that our community members have created and would be interested in sharing widely with our community of practice. Two projects were submitted, and I've put the information below. Thank you to Trisha, Anaya, Elyse, and Adina for sharing your amazing work!
    5. Thank you!
      1. Thank you to all of you! It's been an incredibly trying year, and I appreciate how our community has helped support us through it. As the next academic year begins, I look forward to continuing to learn from each of you. I've greatly enjoyed serving as the convener for this group and look forward to seeing where we go next!
    Shared Resources

    Project 1
    Name of submitter: 
    Adina Mulliken, Assistant Professor, Librarian, Hunter College, CUNY
    Project description: This is a set of four-minute videos oriented toward faculty and librarians who are selecting digital materials to use while teaching.  The videos demonstrate and explain how to check a resource for basic keyboard accessibility to people with disabilities.  They are intended to be understandable to teachers with no previous training about digital accessibility.

    Link to resource:LibGuides: Equal Digital Access for People with Disabilities: Keyboard Accessibility Testing

    Project 2
    Name of Submitter: Trisha Prevett, 
    eLearning Librarian, Anaya Jones, eLearning Librarian, Elyse Wolf, Library Web Analyst, Southern New Hampshire University
    Project Description: Revamped our accessibility page to include a new section titled "Supporting Accessibility" for all faculty and staff. Also updated all the technology help and database accessibility FAQs to serve as internal content for librarians to support users both online and in person (when we get back to campus). 
    Link to resource:
    Accessibility at the Shapiro Library

    Apologies again, all! I hope you have a great weekend.

    Meredith Knoff
    Learning Commons Librarian
    Indiana University Bloomington