MAR 31

Works in Progress Webinar: Accessibility and Digital Collections

This webinar will highlight steps to choose and build an accessible digital collections infrastructure, with both commercial software and locally developed software.

Presenters

Heather Alexander, User Interface Designer, OCLC
Nathan Tallman, Digital Preservation Librarian, Penn State University

Description

Libraries spend significant resources digitizing collections, but are the platforms and repositories that provide access to these resources accessible to everyone? We take great effort to ensure physical access to our collections, we need to put the same intention into providing access to our digital collections. In this webinar, Heather Alexander from OCLC and Nathan Tallman from Penn State, will highlight steps to choose and build an accessible digital collections infrastructure, with both commercial software (CONTENTdm) and locally developed software (Samvera).

Abled individuals can take many things for granted that might present great difficulties for disabled or impaired persons. While it’s impossible for others to truly know what it’s like, this webinar will include a demonstration of various disabilities or impairments while interacting with digital collections. However, first-hand experience using adaptive technologies can be an eye-opening user experience. Either before or after the event, participants are highly encouraged to try using a screen reader as the sole means of using their digital collections for a day, including opening the browser.

This webinar will be of interest to library workers in the areas of special collections, technical services, library IT, and repository development; as well as user experience/user interface design and accessibility specialists.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!

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Date

31 March 2020

Time

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]