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Registration Open for LITA Webinar “Universal Parity to Resources: Rethinking Library Access” (1:00 PM CST on Thursday, July 25)

(via Courtney McAllister, Yale University)

Registration is now open for Universal Parity to Resources: Rethinking Library Access

(Thursday, July 25, 2 PM EST)

With the integration of experimental technologies and an accelerated evolution of library content, librarians have become strong proponents for integrating makerspace technologies into the classroom and learning experience, utilizing augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) in library services, and advocating for the creation, discovery, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER).

As our libraries move forward with adopting these new initiatives, it is essential to keep accessibility in mind, and in this webinar, you’ll learn how to do just that. We want to ask ourselves how distance users, individuals with disabilities, and others needing accommodations can engage with these resources and services. Incorporating new technologies and collections into the library is a complex process. It has the potential to facilitate access to all members of the community regardless of socioeconomic status and background.

This 60-minute webinar examines the topic of innovative technologies and collections through the lens of access and stewardship. Parity goes beyond making books and information accessible to all; it means making all library services accessible, including open resources, makerspace services, and others. In particular, we will focus on

  • technology access, including makerspaces and emerging technology, such as AR/VR and
  • collections access, including OER and resource sharing

Within each topic, the instructors will discuss the current climate within academic libraries, share their personal experiences and tips in broadening access to resources, and encourage self-reflection as you think about how to expand resource accessibility in your home institutions.

Presenters: Christine Elliott (Juniata College) and Courtney McAllister (Yale University)

Register here: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=olweb&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=X

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