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Accessible Library Resources Day
Accessible Library Resources Day
WhenFriday, Oct 5, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campus locationOdegaard Undergraduate Library (OUG)
Campus roomOdegaard Room 220
Event typesSpecial Events, Workshops
Event sponsors This event is made possible by support from the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and its Diversity Inclusion Seed Grant; and the University of Washington Libraries and the Ann L. Nieder Library Endowment.
Target AudienceUW staff and students, and library staff in the state and region

This event will focus on accessibility best practices for online library resources among all types of libraries.

  • Registration is free and lunch will be provided.
  • In-person attendance is limited to 65 participants.
  • This event will also be available online via Zoom.

Advanced registration is required
Rooms are mobility aid accessible. Please refrain from wearing scents. CART captioning has been requested.

To request disability accommodation for events, contact the UW Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance.
    Voice:  206.543.6450
    TTY or VP users: call through your preferred relay service
    Fax:  206.685.7264


  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Check in, coffee and refreshments
    Odegaard Library, Room 220
  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Accessibility 101
    Andy Andrews - UW Libraries
    Accessibility is a characteristic of technology, not of people. Technologies that are usable by only some users are like websites that only work in some browsers--they are incomplete.This session will explore accessibility, accommodations, and assistive technology.
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Library Experiences from Users with Disabilities
    K Wheeler - DO-IT
    Students will talk about how online library resources are and could be more accessible for them. This session will also provide an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and also share their own experiences.
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Accessibility Problems with Library Resources and Assistive Technology Demo
    Hadi Rangin - UW Accessible Technology Services
    Dan Comden - UW Accessible Technology Services

    Hadi and Dan will walk you through some of the challenges that users with disabilities are experiencing with the accessibility of various library resources when using assistive technology. They will demo several assistive technologies including text-to-speech and screen reader use with accessible and inaccessible websites.
  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Odegaard Library
    Access Technology Center Tour, Mary Gates Hall
  • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Accessibility as a functional criteria in procurement of library resources
    Hadi Rangin - UW Accessible Technology Services
    At the University of Washington, accessibility is increasingly becoming a functional criterion for locally developed and third-party IT solutions. In this session we will share with you how we consider accessibility in our locally developed and third-party procurement processes.
  • 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Role of Interlibrary Loan in Providing Access to Users with Disabilities
    Adebola Fabiku - UW Libraries
    Interlibrary loan has always been about providing access to information that the home institution does not have. But are we truly providing access to all of our users? This presentation will address the accessibility issues in ILL, what libraries are doing to address those issues and what the University of Washington ILL department has done with regards to accessibility.
  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
  • 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion - Forming a Solution
    Cleo Brooks - Seattle Public Library, Library Equal Access Program
    Althea Lazzaro - Seattle Central College Library
    Danielle Miller - Washington Talking Book and Braille Library
    Naomi Namekata - Washington Assistive Technology Act Program at UW
    Moderator: Corey Murata - UW Libraries

    Panelists from a variety of local libraries/programs will talk about how are they making their libraries more accessible. This session will also provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and also share your own experiences.
  • 3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Wrap up
Andy Andrews the Accessibility Coordinator for the University of Washington Libraries. Andy is an experienced Assistive Technology Specialist with a history of working in the higher education. Andy began his career in accessibility at the University of New Mexico, where he worked directly with students with various disability types by providing assistive technology training and oversaw the production of accessible textbooks and course materials. Mr. Andrews earned his Masters in Community and Regional Planning and a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico. In his current role at the University of Washington Libraries, Andy works to improve accessibility at the university libraries by evaluating existing workflows, electronic documents, and platforms.

Cleo Brooks is the ADA Coordinator and Supervising Librarian for the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) at the Seattle Public Library.  LEAP provides accessible services, programs, and assistive technology throughout the Seattle Public Library (SPL) system serving Blind, Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Physically Disabled, Seniors, and Special Needs patrons. Ms. Brooks coordinates ADA Accommodations and Services to meet the requirements of the ADA for Library patrons with a disability. Ms. Brooks earned her Master’s in Library Science and Masters in Communications from the University of Washington. She earned her B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Ms. Brooks studied ASL Interpreting and is fluent in American Sign Language.

Dan Comden manages the Access Technology Center (ATC) at the University of Washington. The ATC works directly with students, faculty, and staff with disabilities who need to access computing resources.

Adebola Fabiku is currently Head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services at the University of Washington. She is a 2018-2019 ARL Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow.  Adebola obtained her MSLIS from the University of Illinois as well as a BS in Journalism from the same institution.

Althea Lazzaro is a faculty librarian at Seattle Central College who has worked on and written about accessibility, diversity, and social justice at both UW Bothell and Seattle Central. She currently serves on the Seattle Central College's Accessibility Committee which has undertaken an accessibility audit of the campus; brings student voices to the accessibility conversation; and fights a scarcity mindset to best serve our students, faculty, and staff.

Danielle H. Miller is the Director and Regional Librarian for the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL), a program of the Washington State Library and a Regional Library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped/Library of Congress (NLS). WTBBL provides a statewide library service for individuals unable to read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disability (unable to hold a book or turn a page), or reading disability. Under her leadership, WTBBL was recognized as the NLS Network Library of the Year twice. A librarian for fifteen years, the last ten at WTBBL, Danielle has also worked in public and academic libraries, always with a passion for services to underserved populations and ensuring equitable access to information and reading materials. She also serves as the Chair for the Washington Library Association Special Libraries Division.

Naomi Namekata, CATIS, ATACP,  is an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) and manages the iCanConnect program (National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program) for Washington state. The WATAP program offers Assistive Technology demos, short term loans, and information and referral services to Washington State residents for low to no cost. Naomi has extensive experience conducting assistive technology evaluations, accessibility testing of applications and websites, customizing screen reader functionality, and providing a variety of AT and accessibility training.  Her interests include accessible application and web design, AT for individuals with multiple disabilities, computer and mobile technology access.

Hadi Rangin is an Information Technology Accessibility Specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle and has an educational background in Computer Science with a focus on Network Management and Human-Computer Interfaces. In his current position he is tasked with improving access to information technologies for all users, including those with disabilities, and works with and advises software engineers, designers, administrators, and purchasers on accessible implementation techniques, quality assurance, and best practices. He taught the Universal Design Principles for Online Learning for many years in the past for the University of Illinois and Sloan Consortium. He is also the co-designer and instructor of the Certificate of Professional Development course in Information Accessibility Design and Policy for the University of Illinois.

K Wheeler is a recent graduate from the University of Washington’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program who double majored in Law, Societies, and Justice and Disability Studies. After a gap year, K plans on attending law school to become a disability rights attorney before working up the political ladder and becoming the President of the United States of America. K works for DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) as a program assistant. K is a congenital amputee and uses they/them pronouns.…
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