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Thursday, November 6 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Collection Development, E-Resources, and Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities

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Access barriers do not only exist in the physical environment but also online. Just as particular architectural design features make it possible, or impossible, for people with certain disabilities to move about independently, so does the design of the electronic environment, which includes all the library e-resources, creates either enabling or disabling conditions.Recent research indicates that when librarians make decisions about the selection of specific online resources, such as e-books and article databases, the needs of people with disabilities are rarely on their radar screen. Collection development policies requiring conformance to established accessibility standards, Section 508 and WCAG 2.0, are currently the exception rather than the rule. Also, books on collection development, often used as textbooks to train the next generation of librarians, do not cover the issue adequately, if they address it at all. This program, which brings together the perspectives of three speakers—a researcher, a university administrator with expertise in accessibility issues, and a major database vendor representative—is particularly tailored towards librarians involved in selecting e-resources for their institutions. The presentations will take up 45 minutes, with additional time for discussion. At the end of this program, attendees will more knowledgeable about how collection development decisions impact the accessibility of e-resources to people with disabilities, be informed about California State University's approach to accessibility and library e-learning resources, better understand the vendor's perspective on this issue, and be encouraged to develop effective strategies to make the online environment at their own libraries more inclusive.

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Michele Bruno

Program Manager, Accessibility, Cengage Learning
Michele Bruno leads efforts to define and promote accessibility standards,processes, implementation and communication for Cengage Learning, a $2billion educational publisher and one of the ten largest publishers in theworld. Partnering directly with business stakeholders, product... Read More →
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Cheryl Pruitt

Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Cheryl is the Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. She oversees the ATI implementation across the CSU 23 campus system. Cheryl has been involved with the ATI since the beginning in 2007, first at the campus level... Read More →
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Axel Schmetzke

Reference and Instruction Librarian/Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Axel provides reference services and co-ordinates the Library’s instructional program at the UWSP Library. Previously, he earned his living as college instructor (educational foundations), disabilities professional, and special education teacher. In addition to a Ph.D. in Educational... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403