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Resources on accessible Web design and adaptive technology for libraries

An innovative cooperative project between the University Libraries and DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington has produced a training packet of materials on issues related to accessibility for people with disabilities to libraiy resources. Portions of the materials were presented and enthusiastically received at ACRL’s 8th National Conference in Nashville last spring.

Director of DO-IT, Sheryl Burgstahler, comments, “We were very interested in joining with the University Libraries on this project as libraries play such an important role in providing information in our society. We are happy to report that the project sent over 300 complementary copies of the training materials to libraries across the country and that we reached over 1,500 librarians and educators through conference presentations.”

The University Libraries were equally excited to join the partnership. “We enthusiastically joined DO-IT in this project,” said Betty Bengtson, director of University Libraries. “As a result, our staff are more aware of the issues related to serving students and staff with disabilities. And more importantly, we are working to be better equipped to provide them services.”

The training packet includes materials on accessibility issues for libraries, adaptive technology, and accessible Web design. Included are two videotape presentations on adaptive technology and accessible Web design, a presentation script that can easily be modified to one’s needs, overhead transparency templates, and handout templates covering adaptive technology, accessible Web design, and library accessibility issues.

The training materials are available for purchase from DO-IT at a cost of $50.00 U.S. for the entire package. To order, contact DO-IT by e-mail at doit@u.washington.edu, by fax at (206) 221-4171, or by mail at 4545 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105-527. Many of the materials are also available at DO-ITs Web site at http:/ /weber.u.washington.edu/doit/UA/.

Funding for the development of the materials was provided by the Telecommunications Funding Partnership and the National Science Foundation. DO-IT is directed through the College of Engineering and Computing & Communications at the University of Washington.—Beth M. Fraser, University of Washington Libraries, bamf@u.washington.edu

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