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Wednesday, November 6 • 6:20pm - 7:00pm
S2-14 “What Can I Do About Web Accessibility?” A 15 Minute Activity for Your Team’s Agency

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Contributors to the poster who are unable to attend:
  • Bill Helman, Information Technology Librarian, Towson University
  • Elizabeth DeCoster, Research and Instruction Librarian, Towson University

What if 15 minutes can help your team better identify what is within their control, and influence when it comes to digital accessibility? To encourage a culture of ownership and self-efficacy around this topic and help library staff consider web accessibility in their daily work, Towson University Library’s Web Accessibility Work Group led a presentation and activity in an all staff meeting – you can too, in as little as 15 minutes. The poster will share our activity, including our slides, procedure, and materials.

Library staff were asked to place relevant tasks (on sticky notes) into areas on a target where they had different levels of control, contribution and influence. The group then collected this data and analyzed it. By doing this, we were able to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement for the library and areas for additional training or assistance for staff.

Our Library’s goal is to provide support in adopting new practices and modifying existing ones to help all members of the University community be able to better use the services and resources we have to offer – regardless of (dis)ability. This opportunity isn’t limited to just a handful of people in the library, but can be shared by everyone. From those of us who write content for the website and research guides, to those of us who talk to vendors, scan documents, write policy, or help patrons at a service desk, every one of us can contribute.

Because each of us can do a little bit to help, we advocate a proactive and incremental approach, which also recognizes that the work must be done in small manageable steps. This task helps to expose the talents, skills, and agency that each library staff member can contribute to the process of making our library truly accessible to everyone.

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Julia Caffrey

Web Services Librarian, Towson University

Robert Pleshar

Library Associate for Electronic Resources, Towson University

Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:20pm - 7:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel