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February 1, 2016 / carlispina

Learn More About Accessibility And Universal Design

Accessibility is an important issue for all types of libraries. No matter what type of patrons you work with, you can be sure that your patron base will include individuals with disabilities. This means that it is key to evaluate your libraries web presence and services to ensure that they are not excluding any of your patrons. The best approach is to incorporate Universal Design principles into your work, so that all of your design choices are welcoming to the widest possible range of individuals, but in cases where that is not possible it is important to still incorporate accessibility testing into your evaluation process.

There are many different ways to evaluate accessibility and it can be tough to keep up-to-date on all of them. But, if you are interested in learning some of the key initial steps towards ensuring that your library is accessible to all patrons, I will be offering an online course on the topic through Library Juice Academy in April called Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries. This course will give you the tools you need to understand what makes a library accessible and will help you to incorporate this type of evaluation into your future workflows. I hope to see you there!

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