Notes from the hot topic panel. Continue reading BCLA 2017: Hot Topic: Never Neutral: Ethics & Digital Collections
Notes from the panel session.
Notes from the first afternoon session on developing library vendor relationships. Continue reading BCLA 2017: Maximizing Library Vendor Relationships: The Inside Scoop
Notes from the BCLA pre-conference session.
Disability Awareness Training for Library Staff Summary
Margarete Wiedemann, North Vancouver City Public Library
- last Canadian census: 1 in 7 Canadians live with a disability
- public libraries are generally accessible to a degree
- survey findings: what is helpful: online catalogue, home delivery, plain language,
- barriers: physical envionrment, time on computer, standing in line, crowded seating, cognitive demands, asking for help and feeling like taking too much time, confusing signage, patronize/impatient/insensitive staff
- solutions to barriers example: baskets with wheels, walkers for in-library use
- some of the most difficult barriers with disabilities is people’s attitudes: need to think about what you say and write; person first language
- Social-Ecological Model of Disability: disability is a difference, arises from interactions between individual and society, and remedy is a change in interactions and context
- paradigm shift to full citizens with human rights, integrated, included, partipants.
- communication tips: speak directly and clearly, make eye contact at eye level, show respect and patience, show and tell or walk and talk, ask for help if you are having difficulty understanding
- universal design: recognize that there is a large diversity, and changes that benefit all users; fix the environment (not the individual)
- universal design will cover 80+% of users, and cover the rest using inclusive design and individual accommodations
- library staff can make a difference
- just make the connetiion and offer what you have
- an inclusive library begins with you
survey results: AIG section of the BCLA website
- print disability: anyone that cannot read a book in “traditional” print format is considered print disabled
- tour of the website
- notes on formats: DAISY have MP3 inside of them, common format, but not one everyone is familiar with
- resources: nnels.ca/libraries
- possible engagement: books for student that are non-curriculum material
- collections highlight awards and other collections including digitized InterLINK reels of BC audiobooks, Truth and Reconciliation (which is public domain and downloadable by anyone)
- devices: bone induction earphones, raspberry pi, slate and stylus, mp3 audio
- copyright act allows format shifting for print disabled patrons regardless of copyright of the original version
Mike Edwards – Dyslexic Reader
- made several attempts at universities
- fear of feeling stupid, etc.
- post secondary requires psychological examination: something that you had to prove, that you’re disabled
- what works: have CNIB worker who keeps feeding books on CD
- accommodations: colour codes text, TextAloud
- opportunity for outreach: prisons, large percentage of dyslexics
This was originally published in the November 2015 issue of the BCLA Perspectives newsletter. The original article was meant to be a short published piece in order to encourage more attendance and participation in the next Code4LibBC unconference. Continue reading Code4Lib is for you, for me, for everyone
For the first time ever, I decided to attend BCLA (well as much as I could). While I don’t normally go to BCLA, there were a couple of sessions I really wanted to attend and I got a session accepted too! Continue reading BCLA 2014: A First
Michael Heeney, Bing Thom Architects
Panel of 3 on linked open data.
Designer, typographer, writer, illustrator.