Welcome to the LUA blog! LUA is a acronym for “Libraries for Universal Accessibility.” The LUA blog is a community place dedicated to the discussion of library accessibility. We invite you to read our posts, contribute to the discussion and join our community.
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History of LUA
The seed of LUA began in 2010 at an ALA (American Library Association) Conference in Washington D.C. A group of librarians and disability advocates met at the D.C. Public Library for the Library Accessibility Interest Group meeting. During that meeting we discussed a way of sharing accessibility information and concerns with the wider library community. At that time a small library accessibility wiki sponsored by ASCLA and written by Adina Mulliken was the primary means for sharing such information. Over the next two years the Library Accessibility Interest Group, which was composed of members from ALA, ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA, as well as other accessibility vendors and advocates, met online and at conferences to determine the best way to serve the community through information and possibly resource reviews.
An experimental site was initially built with a goal of providing in depth resource testing and reviews. This format and goal was perhaps to ambitious for the group as it proved difficult to find willing and qualified participants to do full resource reviews. In reassessing our goals for information communication, the original site team noted that the most meaningful communication on the site seemed to be unstructured conversations about experiences with resources, small discussions, articles, simple sharing and event announcements.
The decision was made in late 2013 to move the site into a simple blogging platform and to seek support and official sponsorship from ALA and ACRL in order to grow the community and open up the administrative responsibilities for the site to more interested participants. In the spring of 2014 the new platform came online followed by a hearty outreach plan. Please join us and be a part of LUA’s future!