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  1. Newsletter - January 2024

    Changes and Updates

    Nominations

    Nominations for Steering Committee Co-Chair and Action Committee co-chair are open! Co-chairs serve staggered two year terms and are responsible for setting the quarterly Steering meeting agenda, leading Steering meetings, and communicating with the action committees. Anyone who has been with the LAA for at least one year is welcome to nominate themselves.

  2. Transforming Librarianship to Model Neuroinclusion in Libraries

    This session will introduce participants to the neurodiversity employment movement and its impact in other fields, such as IT. The presenters will also share results from an IMLS-funded initiative that highlights the voices of neurodivergent librarians and their journey of negotiating identity as they face barriers and enablers to their success. Neurodivergent librarians are an important part of the profession, so it is imperative that libraries adopt neuroinclusive practices in their workplaces. Come learn what to consider at your library!

  3. Prototyping Accessible Description and Discovery in Alma and Primo: Some Learnings from the CARL-ARL Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Project

  4. Licensing E-resources for Accessibility

    In fall 2022, the E-Resources Management Working Group of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) published a guide to negotiating accessibility with vendors. The writers of the guide will share their key takeaways from the guide, strategies for advocating for accessibility with vendors, and their next steps for keeping this document relevant and useful to all libraries.

  5. How to navigate the academic library: empowering blind scholars on their quest for knowledge

    This event is hosted by the Digital Accessibility in Academic Libraries (DAAL), a community of practice within the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), and not by the Library Accessibility Alliance. Any questions or comments related to the event should be directed to CAPAL-DAAG co-facilitators Mark Weiler, mweiler@wlu.ca or Aneta Kwak, aneta.kwak@utoronto.ca. In this session, we walk library professionals through the academic journey of blind scholars, identifying roadblocks along the way. We suggest tangible things library professionals can do to remove these roadblocks, so that blind scholars can achieve their full potential.

  6. Newsletter - September 2023

    Volunteer Opportunity

    The Library of Congress is creating accessible cataloging documentation for librarians. In order to make sure that the documentation can successfully interpret MARC coding via a screen reader, the Library of Congress is seeking volunteers who regularly use screen readers to help test the documentation (approximately 1 hour per volunteer).

  7. Florida Virtual Campus Joins the Library Accessibility Alliance

    The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) joins the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) as a partner to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users. FLVC represents 28 state colleges and 12 public universities in Florida.

  8. University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions Joins the Library Accessibility Alliance

    The University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) joins the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) as a partner to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users. USMAI is a consortium of seventeen academic libraries in the State of Maryland.

  9. Newsletter - May 2023

  10. Automated Accessibility Testing: Advantages and Pitfalls

    This webinar will provide an opportunity to share how accessibility was foundational to the development of the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries' new website, which launched in late 2022. The MSU team is committed to creating an accessible, inclusive, and responsive web presence for the MSU Libraries. They will share their design processes and tools used to develop an accessible and sustainable website.

  11. Newsletter - February 2023

    We apologize for the incorrect PDF formatting on the original document, and thank the community for informing us so we may do better in the future.

  12. Establishing Design Principles to Center Accessibility into Everyday Decisions

    Libraries are meant for everyone. While libraries have long claimed this to be true, exclusionary practices and inaccessible systems still exist and are extremely difficult to fully eradicate. The act of methodically creating a culture of accessibility hinges on each member of an organization as they seek to ask constructive questions and make decisions that pull the organization in a unified direction.

  13. Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Joins the Library Accessibility Alliance

    The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC) joins the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) as a partner to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with

  14. Newsletter - October 2022

  15. Overview of E-Resource Assessment Process

    This webinar walks through process of a high-level e-resource accessibility review from Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

  16. Website Accessibility 101 & Library Resources

    Learn the language of web accessibility and how to apply and use it in your library websites and evaluations of e-resources.

  17. Disability Awareness: Use of Physical Spaces by Persons with Disabilities

    This webinar is includes clips from Jay Dolmage's 2019 Keynote for the Big Ten Academic Alliance and a facilitated discussion regarding how libraries can be more aware and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities when using physical library spaces.

  18. An Introduction to Disability

    This webinar will walk the audience through what is disability and how it is defined.  The session is interactive.  In this session you will learn about why disability laws are important, what libraries should think about in terms of their own accessibility for people with disabilities, and how compliance and accessibility are fundamentally different concepts.

  19. Disability Access and Climate in Libraries

    Participants will expand their awareness of disability, learn to promote accessibility, and consider how to contribute to a positive climate through their beliefs, behaviors, and communications.

  20. Incorporating Accessibility into Library OER Programs & Initiatives

    Open Educational Resources (OER) are meant to be as open and available as possible, but if they’re not accessible or on accessible platforms, how “open” are they really? In this webinar, staff from the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries will share how they’ve integrated accessibility into their OER initiatives and OER grant program to improve the accessibility of OER created at MSU.

  21. Accessibility Committees: Cultivating Cultures of Accessibility at Your Library

    This webinar will provide real-world case studies of the formation and impact of accessibility committees at two different university libraries. Presenters from the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington will offer the respective stories of their committees’ formation and advocacy efforts, in addition to discussing the successes, challenges, and horizons facing these kinds of working groups in academic libraries.

  22. Working Together for Accessible Texts: FRAME, Libraries, and Disability Services

    This webinar will provide an overview of the work being done as part of the Federated Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education (FRAME) grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  23. Library Accessibility Alliance Announces New Website & Expanded Resources

    Members of the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) are pleased to announce their new website, featuring enhancements to the popular accessibility evaluations of databases, along with an expanded collection of resources.

  24. Library Accessibility Alliance Adds New Partners: GWLA and WRLC to bolster Accessibility Awareness, Assessment, Outreach

    In January 2020,  the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) joined forces to launch the “Library Accessibility Alliance” (LAA), a program seeking to ensure all library users have equitable access to information.  

  25. Big Ten Academic Alliance and ASERL partner to form Library Accessibility Alliance

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance have created a new name for their recent partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources.  Now called the “Library Accessibility Alliance” (LAA), the program seeks to ensure all library users have equitable access to information.

  26. BTAA and ASERL Announce Library Accessibility Partnership

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have entered into a two-year partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users.