A Culture of Accessibility Through Policy and Communications for an Accessible Library

You want your library to be a welcoming place for all students, including students with disabilities. What are you doing on the administrative end to ensure your policies and public communication, such as information on your website, work in harmony with your good intentions? This workshop will be the delivered from the perspective that policies are a tool of communication. They communicate culture to internal constituents and offer practical information to external constituents. Learn about the social justice model of disability and its practical application for policy makers and those charged with public facing communication. How do you provide services for students when you may have to deal with the reality of an older building that is “grandfathered in ” and not yet ADA compliant? How should the social justice model of disability affect the policies we create from collection development to instruction? Unfortunately, some libraries are not able, due to various institutional constraints, to change policy. The information in this presentation can also be used to create public communications on your website, such as an FAQ that would communicate your good intention as well.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 1pm CST via Zoom. Register here: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/021b671e3a0852778c34be5db4a05ad8

Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee.

Moderated by Laura Gariepy, Chair of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Angie Brunk, MLS, MA is an experienced public service librarian and is nearing completion of an MAS in Human Factors and Usability testing (think user experience design) and has been specializing in accessibility. She has taught basic graphic design courses for communications majors and incorporated basic graphic design into her practice as a librarian. Ms. Brunk has published conference proceedings and presentation on various aspects of accessibility and libraries. Her most recent was a poster and short paper for the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology. Other recent projects include accessibility audits for a library software vendor and a museum. In addition to being born with a visual impairment, she has served on disability services advisory boards at three universities and worked with numerous students with disabilities. She is currently an Instruction Librarian at Missouri Western State University.

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