The Revolving Door: Moving Libraries to an Accessible Digital Environment

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Speaker(s)

  • Kathryn Weber-Hottleman, IT Accessibility Coordinator, University of Connecticut

Session Details

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

Summary

In order to uphold the mission of serving all patrons, including those with disabilities, it has become paramount for libraries to support accessible websites, programming, and, of course, books. Learn how to engage your audience as accessibly as possible and discover resources that will support you throughout your library’s digital lifecycle.

Abstract

Libraries have the unique opportunity of engaging an incredibly broad audience—their commitment is to serve literally anyone who comes through their doors. In this time of COVID-19, however, the doors have become virtual. The physical threshold, coded to accessibility standards, is now an online threshold leading to libraries’ websites and social media accounts. In order to uphold the mission of serving all patrons, including those with disabilities, it has become paramount for libraries to support accessible websites, programming, and, of course, books. Learn how to engage your audience as accessibly as possible and discover resources that will support you throughout your library’s digital lifecycle.

Keypoints

  1. Libraries' commitment to serving their communities means serving individuals with disabilities.
  2. Serving individuals with disabilities means that programming and materials must be accessible.
  3. Engage your audience accessibly and discover resources to support your library's digital lifecycle.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Kathryn Weber-Hottleman

Kathryn Weber-Hottleman serves as the University of Connecticut’s IT Accessibility Coordinator. She monitors University regulatory compliance and enhances collaboration with administrators, faculty and staff. She also provides guidance in integrating accessible technology and provides staff and faculty training programs related to accessible technology and instruction for students and employees with disabilities.