On-Demand Webinar: Best of Core ALA Annual Conference: Programming for Accessibility

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CT
Presenters: Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Cameron Morgan, Sean Yein

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: 

At 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 American Disability Act is, including how accessibility impacts a way 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 accessible. 
  • Use a check list 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: Children’s 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 libraries.

    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.


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    Tech Requirements

    Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.