Adaptability, Customer Service, Patron Awareness, and DEIA
Accessibility is having a moment. More than ever, libraries are embracing the reality that if you have users, you have users with disabilities. Making our services, resources, and spaces accessible is everyone’s responsibility, and we all have unique skills to contribute to solving our library’s accessibility challenges. We’ll share what we’ve been doing at NC State University Libraries, from ebooks assessments to sensory friendly maps to squashing 300,000+ web accessibility errors. We hope this presentation will meet you wherever you are on your accessibility journey and give you some ideas about things you and your colleagues might do to make your libraries more accessible for everyone in your community.
Understand why accessibility matters to libraries.
Identify resources available to begin making your library more accessible.
Connect efforts at NC State with efforts you could implement at your library
Robin Camille Davis is the Associate Head of User Experience at NC State University Libraries, where she coordinates content strategy, advocates for accessible practices, and conducts user research. She is the chair of the Libraries Accessibility Committee. In 2022, she was honored with a Movers & Shakers Award from Library Journal.
Beth Ashmore is the Associate Head of Acquisitions & Discovery (Serials) at NC State University Libraries. She has worked on accessibility in libraries through a collaboration with Lyrasis to present the findings of their 2019 Accessibility Survey white paper and by representing ASERL to the Library Accessibility Alliance where she has served on the e-resource testing and training committees. She is also the co-author of The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation.