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Monday, June 7 • 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Accessibility in Canadian Public Libraries: Awareness and Training for Library Staff

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While public libraries in Canada strive to offer services to disadvantaged and marginalized populations, for readers with disabilities, accessibility is often not considered in the development and offering of the mainstream services of the library with accessible content  often only available as a separate service or repository.

With support from the Canada Book Fund, NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) and CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) are co-leading the Public Libraries Accessibility Resource Centre (PLARC) project, to engage with library staff to develop awareness and training in accessibility in all areas of the library, and help ensure the availability, procurement, and delivery of accessible content across Canada.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the PLARC project, including an overview of the complicated landscape of accessibility, and the plans to create a consolidated nation-wide resource centre for training materials and resources for public library staff on accessibility in all areas, including procurement & acquisition, cataloguing, and public services to end users.

This session will be recorded and available to all attendees until September 7.

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Laurie Davidson

Executive Director, Centre for Equitable Library Access
Laurie Davidson (she/her) is the Executive Director of CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and is passionate about building an accessible and equitable reading landscape for all. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a librarian and technologist in a variety of... Read More →
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Daniella Levy-Pinto

Project Coordinator, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Daniella Levy-Pinto (she/her) is an expert in accessibility, including digital technology and livable spaces. She has been a user of assistive technologies for more than two decades in her different roles in academic and professional settings. She is the Project Coordinator with the... Read More →

Monday June 7, 2021 12:15pm - 12:45pm EDT