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Call for Presenters: ALA Core Metadata Interest Group’s Virtual Meeting (Tues., March 8, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT)–Deadline Fri., Jan. 14

(via Dr. Joan Wang, Washington University in St. Louis)

The ALA Core Metadata Interest Group seeks speakers to present at its meeting during the ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week. The Virtual Interest Group Week will take place from March 7 to 11 (Monday-Friday).

Accessible and inclusive metadata and cataloging principles can ensure that online content is free of barriers for the broadest audience possible. Visual, auditory, speech, physical, cognitive, and neurological limitations may affect how users perceive and access your metadata and decrease their ability to find the information they need. Unless there is metadata denoting that a video is closed-captioned, for example, this feature will go undiscovered. Metadata that reduces barriers to information is crucial to ensuring that accessible content is findable for people with disabilities, and its benefits can extend to the larger audience.

Have you implemented accessibility metadata or added accessible fields to your MARC records to better suit a broader audience? Are you experimenting with new approaches to metadata accessibility? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the Core Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Metadata that supports accessibility
  • Adoption and/or application of new Schema.org fields for accessibility
  • MARC fields for accessibility information

The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2022 ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Please submit your proposal by e-mailing the Interest Group’s Programming Co-chairs, Sharon Reidt and Elizabeth Padilla (see below), by Friday, January 14. The presenters will be notified of decisions by Friday, January 28.

Your proposal should include the name, e-mail, job title and affiliated institution of the presenter(s); the title of the presentation; and an abstract not to exceed 300 words.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon Reidt (sharon.reidt@uconn.edu) or Elizabeth Padilla (elizabeth_padilla@bcit.ca), Core MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

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