Event Title

Session 1: Discovering Accessibility Stories

Event Type

Presentation

Location

WHH 117

Track

Accessibility & Barriers to Access in Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Start Date

13-7-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

13-7-2018 12:30 PM

Description

We are two science and engineering librarians at USC who studied partnerships, accessible instruction, and assistive technology within the USC campus. As we conducted research, we were intrigued by the conversations we had with librarians, staff, and students. The invisible injuries to community members with disabilities and resistance to change from leadership were eye-opening for us. Despite diversity being a strategic vision in many universities, discussion of disability is still often pushed to the margins. Uncovering oppressive structures in institutional settings takes not only intellectual work but also legwork, active listening, and openness to unexpected discoveries. Disrupting dominant narratives can be a slow and plodding process. Finding allies, challenging our own biases, and persisting past setbacks can move conversations forward and bring positive change. We will share two stories about accessibility loosely organized around the theme of discovery.

  • How did we find the assistive technology in the library?
  • How does library instruction relate to accessibility?

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Jul 13th, 11:00 AM Jul 13th, 12:30 PM

Session 1: Discovering Accessibility Stories

WHH 117

We are two science and engineering librarians at USC who studied partnerships, accessible instruction, and assistive technology within the USC campus. As we conducted research, we were intrigued by the conversations we had with librarians, staff, and students. The invisible injuries to community members with disabilities and resistance to change from leadership were eye-opening for us. Despite diversity being a strategic vision in many universities, discussion of disability is still often pushed to the margins. Uncovering oppressive structures in institutional settings takes not only intellectual work but also legwork, active listening, and openness to unexpected discoveries. Disrupting dominant narratives can be a slow and plodding process. Finding allies, challenging our own biases, and persisting past setbacks can move conversations forward and bring positive change. We will share two stories about accessibility loosely organized around the theme of discovery.

  • How did we find the assistive technology in the library?
  • How does library instruction relate to accessibility?