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Study on web usability

October 28, 2009

Alex Schmetzke has written an interesting examination of accessibility at libraries and the ALA’s involvement in promoting accessibility. He offers interesting insights how the ALA can be a leader in this area. Of particular interest are his calls for specific ALA policies to address disabilities, the creation of a central storehouse of information on website accessibility, and the importance of creating a demand for web-accessibility among vendors of library service software.

Schmetzke, Alex. (2007) Leadership at the American Library Association and Accessibility: a Critical Review. Library Hi Tech, 25 (4), 528-537.


Eric Robinson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen Lorenzen permalink
    October 31, 2009 11:39 am

    That’s a great article, and one I used in my first research paper for SLIS. If you’re interested in this topic, take a look at: Walling, L. L. (2004, Spring). Educating Students to Serve Information Seekers with Disabilities. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 45(2), 137-148. Walling looks at how well MLIS programs are educating future librarians about serving patrons with disabilities. One participant in the study had this to say about his/her program’s teaching of accessibility issues: “I’m not sure. The topic may be covered slightly in a number of courses. But it’s not a very big focus of any course” (p. 143). Don’t know about you, but other than this class, I could say the same thing about my experiences in SJSU SLIS.

  2. clementmunns permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:23 pm

    Very good.

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