Making Libraries Accessible: Adaptive Design and Assistive Technology

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-5862-9
Published: 
2012
Publisher: 
ALA TechSource
Pages: 
44
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover
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Library Technology Reports, October 2012 (48:7)

As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology.  In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries' commitments to open information and accessibility. Even when staffing levels or resources aren't ideal, libraries can substantially improve the experience of people with disabilities.  In this issue, expert contributors address standards, spaces and services, devices, websites, and collections, offering advice on

  • Assistive technology products, including screen readers, literacy software, and speech input
  • E-books and e-readers for users with print disabilities, with charts comparing accessibility features of the most common e-readers
  • The nuts and bolts of using HTML, CSS, Javascript, or JQUERY for accessibility
  • Best practices for evaluating vendor database compliance

Char Booth

Char Booth is E-Learning Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. A 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs about library futures, instructional design, and technology literacy at info-mational, and tweets @charbooth. Her books include Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University and Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning; Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. Char completed an ME in educational technology at Ohio University in 2008, an MSIS at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information in 2005, and a BA in history at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 2001.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.