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.
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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
- Best practices for evaluating vendor database compliance