[Eril-l] Reminder: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Programming for Accessibility

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Reminder: Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Programming for

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.

Description: Explore accessibility through the creation of a new, hybrid
early literacy program for expectant parents and parents of newborns,
Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings, designed in conjunction with
Maryland State Library. Learn common accessibility issues, and how they
impact a variety of people who use the library's services from the
librarian who created the program, the graphic artist who designed all of
the printed and online materials, and the section 508 specialist who
advised and curated the website on which the downloadable materials were
located for ALA compliance.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:


   List at least three factors to keep in mind when designing library
   programs to ensure that they are promoting diversity.

   Explain what the American Disability Act is, including how accessibility
   impacts a wide array of users.

   List two common accessibility issues and two ways to promote designs (in
   print and online) that will ensure content conveyed to all users is

   Use a checklist or evaluating designs that all users can perceive,
   understand, navigate and interact with, including uses with visual,
   auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.

   Examine their own websites with an eye toward accessibility and
   recommend or use resources to ensure the website is fully 508 compliant

Who should attend?

This session should appeal to a wide range of conference attendees.
Children’s librarians will be interested in learning about a new program to
reach populations traditionally underserved by public libraries: expectant
parents and parents with newborns. This, along with the built-in component
of involving community partners to reach non-library users will attract
outreach librarians. Library staff who work with artists or create designs
for the library whether it through newsletters, PR materials,

advertisements, or cable shows, will be interested in hearing what our
designer says. Webmasters or staff working in technical services will be
interested in hearing about the new issues related to ADA compliance. The
technical information provided by Sean will be useful for any library that
produces PDFs or has a website which needs to adhere to ADA compliance
according to federal law .


Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, a children's librarian with a doctorate, early
literacy trainer, consultant, and author received the 2022 Association for
Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award and was
recognized by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library
Agencies in 2013 for "revolutionizing the way librarians work with children
from birth to age three" due to the Mother Goose on the Loose program
(MGOL) which she developed. Betsy has run MGOL programs in libraries, at
Head Starts, in prisons, at home daycares, in children’s museums, and more.
Recipient of the 2018 Vattemare Award for creativity in libraries, she has
presented at library and early childhood conferences across the country.
Her hands-on workshops are known for translating research into practical
information for children’s librarians, childcare providers, and parents
while combining the research with skill-building activities for children.
She also designs curricula, offers online courses, and presents webinars.
Her most recent programs are Mother Goose on the Loose: Goslings for
parents of babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and Mother Goose on the
Loose: Hatchlings for expectant parents and parents with newborns.

Cameron Morgan is a design strategist and multi-disciplinary graphic
designer. They work at the intersection of design and people-centered
solutions. Central to their work is systemic change and system
accessibility. Cam currently is working at the Baltimore City Mayor's
Office of Performance and Innovation as their Lead Civic Designer and
freelances regularly with business and non-profits which are value aligned
in their mission.

Sean Yein is an accomplished IT consultant with 13 years of experience in
the federal contracting space. He has numerous industry certifications
including his Project Management Professional (PMP), Scaled Agile Framework
certification, and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). His professional
experience focus is on project management, Agile methodologies, and Section
508 /WCAG accessibility. He has consistently demonstrated an ability to
successfully manage client/vendor relationships and perform above and
beyond. Mr. Yein has served a client base that spanned across various
government agencies such as HHS, PBGC, ICE, USCIS, VA, and DHA.


Registration fees for webinar:  Core Member $57.67; ALA member: $71.10;
Non-member $79.00

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to
the following website:


Core webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration at ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to Core webinars, please
contact Core CE staff at corece at ala.org.

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