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Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Featured on ARL Web Accessibility Blog

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Jim Tobias, president of Inclusive Technologies, writes about the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) in a new post for ARL’s Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog. As Tobias describes in his blog post, “Cloud-based Accessibility in Libraries (and Everywhere Else!),” GPII lets a user create a cloud-based personal profile that specifies the accessibility features she or he needs. The user will then be able to access that profile on any device, making those preferred interface features the default setting on public computer terminals or bank machines or point-of-sale registers, for example. The Raising the Floor Consortium launched the GPII project in 2011, with the participation of more than 100 academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals in 17 countries, and with funding from the US, Canada, and the European Commission.

The most recent funding for the GPII—from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)—is focused on the first real-world implementation—in libraries. The Library GPII System (LGS) is based on research and interviews conducted over the past two years and LGS developers are currently testing version 1.0 with seven library and archives partners, including two ARL members: Canadian Museum of Human Rights, District of Columbia Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, San Francisco Public Library, Teton County (Wyoming) Public Library, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin–Madison. The LGS is scheduled to open to a wider library community for testing and evaluation purposes in late 2016. Read more about the Library GPII System in Tobias’s blog post.

About the Blog

The Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog is an enhancement of ARL’s Web Accessibility Toolkit, which aims to:

  • Promote the principles of accessibility, universal design, and digital inclusion.
  • Help research libraries achieve digital accessibility.
  • Connect research libraries with the tools, people, and examples they need to provide accessible digital content.

The ARL Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group hopes the blog will stimulate discussion of accessibility issues in the research library community and encourages individuals to share their ideas and knowledge by contributing posts to the blog.

Future blog topics might include:

  • Accessibility audits
  • Online learning
  • Special projects of interest

If you are interested in contributing a blog post, send e-mail to accessibility@arl.org.

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About ARL

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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