Accessibility for All: Training Librarians and Auditing Materials for Accessibility Issues

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In order to serve all patrons, libraries must create and distribute accessible materials. Accessibility enables us to serve all library patrons through ADA compliance. Library services and materials are shifting to increasingly more patrons requiring online services and resources. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that calls for multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement that can be applied to creating online materials.

In this webinar, a public service Online Learning Librarian from a mid-sized, public university will present on training librarians on creating and purchasing accessible material, as well as tips and tricks for auditing e-resources for accessibility issues. The librarian will cover:

Definitions of ADA compliance and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Free tools to check materials for accessibility
Case studies of collaborating across the university on accessibility
Future directions of performing accessibility audits on library e-resources

The librarian will engage the audience through various active learning techniques, such as polling. There will be time built into the presentation for questions and answers. The librarian will provide a link to this presentation, which includes templates for working with vendors and more.


Sam Harlow is the Online Learning Librarian and Assistant Professor at UNC Greensboro.

This webinar is presented in Eastern time.

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