Libraries are tasked with serving a diverse group of patrons; this includes providing equal access to materials to all patrons, regardless of disabilities and demographics. Creating and managing accessible materials is not just ethical, it’s also the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “which prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public” (https://adata.org/learn-about-ada). In order for materials to be accessible to all, librarians need to create and acquire online materials that are ADA compliant, as well as follow Universal Design for Learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that calls for multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement that can be applied to creating online materials.
The ACRL Distance Learning Section and Instruction Section will co-host a panel of librarians to discuss applying UDL to online object creation. In this panel, a diverse group of librarians will share specific strategies of using the approach of UDL to create and assess a variety of online learning objects, including instructional guides, marketing materials, online guides, videos, and tutorials. A complementary virtual program that builds on the concepts introduced in this panel presentation will be developed and hosted by both sections immediately following the ALA Annual Conference.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL,ACRL_DLS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.