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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Audio Description-Media Access

I’m curious about the degree to which libraries carry DVDs for loan that are accessible, i.e., incorporate audio description and captions.  while the number of DVDs with audio description, in particular, is gradually increasing, I believe that the ALA, collectively, and its members, individually, could have real influence with DVD producers, pressuring them to make their products accessible. For those…


AccessibilityCamp is a series of barcamp-type events that offer participants a no-cost opportunity to build and drive an agenda and conversations focused on IT accessibility/inclusion.  Since the first accessibility camp at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. in 2009, the event has been a free, informal, open atmosphere where folks with varying levels of experience with…

Findability, Usability, Accessibility and Libraries

Libraries have a long tradition of providing stewardship for information. The integrity of that stewardship revolves around the core values of librarianship (American Library Association, 2004) which are: Access Confidentiality/Privacy Democracy Diversity Education and Lifelong Learning Intellectual Freedom Preservation The Public Good Professionalism Service Social Responsibility The rise of 20th century digital technologies have allowed libraries to exponentially increase the overall…