There is still time to register for ARL’s free webinar to be held next Tuesday, March 17, about the value of producing or procuring accessible born-digital resources to support library users of all abilities. The webinar, “Working Together: Research Libraries and Publishers on the Value of Inclusive Learning Resources,” is intended for library administrators and staff, as well as members of the publishing community.
This webinar is part of the accessibility awareness program being produced by ARL’s Accessibility and Universal Design Working Group and ARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska.
The webinar is designed to:
- Raise awareness of accessibility standards and help establish a community of practice across research libraries and affiliated vendors
- Share how research libraries in the United States and Canada are evolving to foster more inclusive learning environments for users of all abilities
- Develop awareness among (and research library partnerships with) scholarly publishers to achieve a shared strategic goal of compliance with accessibility legislation
- Cultivate mindfulness of the obligations and responsibilities of publishers and research libraries with respect to providing accessible content to students and researchers with reading disabilities
- Increase understanding of the needs of print-disabled users and the formats and delivery models that are required to address the range of needs of that diverse group
- Initiate an active dialogue among stakeholders that will encourage the development of new and innovative solutions to the problems of equitable access
- Katya Pereyaslavska, ARL and Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries
- Kim Brewster, McGraw-Hill Education
- Stephen Spong, Ontario College of Art and Design University
- Laura Wood, Tisch Library, Tufts University
- Robin Seaman, Benetech
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–noon eastern daylight time
Registration: Register online
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 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/.