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Monday, June 7

9:00am EDT

Lobby / Tech Support
If you need some tech support or have any questions feel free to drop by the lobby. Esteban and Melissa from OLA will be here to help. 

Monday June 7, 2021 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT

10:00am EDT

Welcome and Opening Keynote: Our Cities, Today and Tomorrow with Luke Anderson
In this talk, Luke reveals why a more accessible, barrier-free world is so important. And, he shares the ways in which we, as a community, can achieve these goals. There is a misconception that barriers only refer to physical changes that must be made. That’s not the case. There are a great deal of bureaucratic processes we must think about shifting, starting with education and the simple conversations we can have about the way we think about cities today. When we combine outreach, design solutions, and social innovation, we can ensure society's collective understanding of accessibility continues to advance and grow—and our cities are better and safer places to live for everyone.

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

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Luke Anderson

Founder, STOPGAP
In the fall of 2002 Luke and his good friend Johnny were riding down a tricky trail they had heard other mountain bikers raving about. They came upon a 25ft gap which Johnny cleared without a problem. Luke was determined to give it a try as well. He made sure he was in the right gear... Read More →

Monday June 7, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT

11:00am EDT

Take a break and go refill your coffee cup, or join us here for some chair yoga! 

Monday June 7, 2021 11:00am - 11:15am EDT

11:15am EDT

Tech Talks
Come and join us for a series of quick talks where library people will share their favourite and most useful tech tools right now.

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

Monday June 7, 2021 11:15am - 11:45am EDT

11:45am EDT

Show & Tell: Assisting Through Annotated Video with Clips
Are you able to replicate your in-person support services in the online environment? Those interactions are often extremely difficult to replicate effectively. How do we bring this support to your diverse multi-lingual communities? Join Apple Education as they walk through creating annotated videos with Apple’s free Clips app, available on iPad and iPhone. No account is required!

They will look at the built-in features including posters and stickers (great when helping the community through sign ins and set ups) as well as the built-in closed captioning tool live titles (available in multiple languages). Clips can be quickly shared on any social media platform or embedded within your site.

This session will not be recorded. 

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Tina Zita

Apple Distinguished Educator, Teacher Librarian, Apple Education
Tina Zita is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Teacher Librarian with the Peel District School Board. She is passionate about engaging learners of all ages in creating with current digital tools and seeing that spark from a meaningful learning moment. She believes that the transformative... Read More →


Apple Education

Our thanks to Apple Education for sponsoring today's conference! 

Monday June 7, 2021 11:45am - 12:15pm EDT

12:15pm EDT

Accessibility in Canadian Public Libraries: Awareness and Training for Library Staff
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

12:45pm EDT

Providing Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
Join Canadian Hearing Services as they provide information on the services available to your library and community. Bev Dooley will advise on how to integrate ASL interpretation services into your programming and share her own experiences as a member of the deaf community.

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

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Beverley Dooley

Manager of Client Engagement, Canadian Hearing Services
Beverley is the Canadian Hearing Services Manager of Client Engagement. With over 25 years of management experience, Beverley believes in supporting ongoing education for service providers, interpreters, and the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Beverley has worked closely with... Read More →

Monday June 7, 2021 12:45pm - 1:15pm EDT

1:15pm EDT

Monday June 7, 2021 1:15pm - 1:30pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

Disabilities + Dessert + Digital Content Creation: Dive in with Stump Kitchen
Alexis Hillyard (she/her) is a queer and disabled YouTube Creator, self-taught vegan chef, and entrepreneur. Born without her left hand, Alexis uses her stump as a kitchen tool - from spatula to juicer - while expanding the vocabulary of what's possible in the kitchen each week on her YouTube show ‘Stump Kitchen', a series that celebrates body diversity, gluten free vegan cooking, and the amazing, unique ways we move through the world.

In this session, Alexis will speak to the role that the Edmonton Public Library Makerspace played in jump-starting her career as a content creator. You'll also hear funny stories about life with a limb different, and participate in a live Q&A.

Throughout this session Alexis will guide you in making some delicious vegan and gluten free cookies and show you through a variety of 'stump techniques' used in her weekly YouTube show. Recipe is below. 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies(vegan and gluten free and packed with protein and fibre!)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour (or any flour of choice - and you can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a coffee grinder)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or any kind of sugar you like - I rarely have coconut sugar just laying around :)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
  •  3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
You will also need a food processor, parchment paper, cookie sheet, and large bowl.

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

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Alexis Hillyard

YouTube Creator, Vegan Chef, and Entrepreneur, Stump Kitchen

Monday June 7, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

2:30pm EDT

Think Accessibility: Practical Tips from Librarians Who Do
Library staff who work on accessibility portfolios or take the lead on accessibility projects, will discuss their roles, the legislation they work within (AODA) and provide practical tools that can be integrated at your workplace. Our panel will consist of a public librarian, academic librarian and hospital librarian.

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

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Kelly Dermody

e-Learning and Accessibility Services Librarian, Ryerson University Library
Kelly Dermody is the e-Learning and Accessibility Services Librarian at Ryerson University Library. Kelly has been developing the library's accessibility services since 2005, including the implementation of the library’s accessible formats and captioning services. She has been the... Read More →
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Tim Tripp

Director of Library and Information Services, University Health Network
Tim Tripp, BSc, MLIS, is the Director of Library and Information Services at the University Health Network in Toronto where he also co-chairs the hospital’s Accessibility Advisory Council. Before returning to UHN, Tim was the Director of Library Services and Knowledge Mobilization... Read More →
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Winona McMorrow

Senior Services Specialist, Accessibility Services, Toronto Public Library
Winona McMorrow (she/her) is Senior Services Specialist, Accessibility Services at Toronto Public Library.    

Monday June 7, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

3:45pm EDT

Closing Keynote: Inclusive and Accessible Experiences with Regine Gilbert
Creating accessible and inclusive experiences is a process. More than a billion people in the world are disabled, and we must keep in mind making accessible experiences.

In this talk, we will discuss the basics of accessibility and inclusivity. We will cover guidelines and practical strategies to make materials, courses, and experiences more accessible to all.

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Regine Gilbert

User Experience Designer, Professor, Author
Regine Gilbert is a User Experience Designer based in NYC. She is a professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She teaches user experience design and assistive technology to students in the Integrated Digital Media program. Regine is the author of 'Inclusive Design in the Digital... Read More →

Monday June 7, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT