The Library Accessibility Committee: From a grassroots interest group to a proactive force for accessibility (lecture session)

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in Standley II Lab on Friday, November 16.

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Speaker(s)

  • Binky Lush, Manager, Discovery, Access and Web Services, Penn State University Libraries
  • Vicki Brightbill, Web Accessibility Specialist, Penn State University Libraries

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

What started as a small gathering of individuals, passionate about accessibility in the libraries, in a few short years grew to become an active organization that advocates for accessibility across the libraries and across Penn State University.

Abstract

What started as a small gathering of individuals, passionate about accessibility in the libraries, in a few short years grew to become an active organization that advocates for accessibility across the libraries and across Penn State University. With strong sponsorship and support, effective leadership, and engaged members, the Libraries Accessibility Committee has spearheaded issues like accessibility of classrooms and collections, accessibility training, accessibility awareness and assessment of accessibility efforts. In this session, Binky Lush and Vicki Brightbill, founding members of the committee, will highlight how a small group of accessibility pioneers can grow into a strong advocating force, accomplishing real results and raising the profile of accessibility at an institution.

Keypoints

  1. Accessibility awareness
  2. Advocating for accessibility
  3. From grassroots interest group to advocating force for accessibility

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Information Resources, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Binky Lush

Binky Lush is the Manager of Discovery Access and Web Services for the Penn State University Libraries in University Park, PA. She leads a number of teams in the Libraries focusing on enhancing the Libraries’ web site and discovery platforms to ensure an engaging, accessible, and user-centered search and discovery experience.

Vicki Brightbill

Vicki Brightbill is the Web Accessibility Specialist in the Penn State University Libraries.

Handout(s)