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Webinar: Disability Access and Libraries – Current Issues and Future Directions
November 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Accessibility means many things in libraries, including the ensuring that patrons of all (dis)abilities can utilize library services. While much responsibility for making technologies and content accessible falls to the publishers, vendors, and developers, libraries must play a critical role in ensuring accessibility throughout. Unfortunately, like much of the world, libraries have far to go in terms of achieving access for disabled patrons. For two years, Kate Deibel has worked as the inaugural Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. Through this position, she helped guide efforts to improve accessibility both physically and digitally for our patrons. This talk will highlight aspects of this work and which libraries should also focus upon now. Furthermore, an eye will be cast to the future of accessible libraries and how various needs will only be addressed through multiple, collaborative efforts from all aspects of librarianship.
About the Presenter:
Kate Deibel has had a varied career in academia working within and across many disciplines, including computer science, education, disability, accessibility, comics, design engineering, technology adoption, digital literacies, and libraries. She currently resides in Syracuse, NY where she works as the Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. An ardent advocate for usable and accessible technologies, she works to ensure that library technologies are effective tools for both library patrons and staff. She enjoys overly spicy food and does her best to prevent her silly cat from also eating it.
This webinar is being presented in collaboration with the Eastern New York Association of College & Research Libraries Chapter. ENY/ACRL is one of the local chapters of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Members represent private and public college and university libraries, and special libraries in the Eastern New York region. ENY/ACRL follows the mission of its parent organization to “lead academic and research librarians and librarians in advancing learning and scholarship.”
**If you need any special accommodations please email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. A captioned recording of this webinar will be provided to all registrants.**