1 in 5: Disability Essentials in Your Library – a Spring 2018 webinar series

We are excited to announce the 1 in 5 Disability Essentials in Your Library webinar series, a continuation of the 1 in 5 program. Please join us, webinars are free and suitable for all.

Tuesday, January 30, 12-1pm
Accessibility and Electronic Resources: A Case Study on Evaluating eBooks
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Vendors often claim that their products are accessibility-compliant and easy to use, but is that really true? In this session, we’ll examine some ways in which you can evaluate your electronic resources for accessibility and usability. Using the context of eBooks, we’ll discuss rubrics, VPATs, and the do’s and don’ts of accessibility testing. Libraries with dedicated accessibility software may find this session the most useful but with accessibility features built into smartphones and devices, library staff members from all library types are encouraged to attend.

Learning Outcomes:
• Introductory knowledge of accessibility in libraries
• Methods for evaluating accessibility of electronic resources in libraries
• Lessons learned from a case study of live-testing eBooks for accessibility

Speaker: Tressa Santillo, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Massachusetts Library System

Monday, February 12, 2-3pm
Disability on the Shelf: Looking for Representation in Library Collections
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When asked, we all can think of a book, movie, or TV show that features a disabled character, but we don’t often think about the representation itself. With diversity and representation increasingly a part of our Collection Development practices, it is important we don’t continue to overlook this aspect. In this webinar, we invite participants to learn about disability, to gain an awareness of representation, and learn vocabulary and resources to evaluate materials.

Learning Outcomes:
• Introduction to disability as a facet of diversity representation
• Concepts of disability
• Awareness of tropes, stereotypes, and representation in popular media
• Vocabulary to discuss and evaluate materials
• Resources

Presenter: Tegan Mannino, Circulation Supervisor & Cataloger, Monson Free Library

Save the Dates!

Monday, March 12, 10-11am
Is Everyone Invited? Accessible Events at your Library

Tuesday, September 11, 12-1pm
Autistics in the Library: How Libraries Can More Effectively Serve Patrons and Employees on the Spectrum


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On the Road with Gale

portrait of Stacey Knibloe a trainer of Gale databasesMLS is gearing up for its second round of in-person Gale training sessions. Take advantage of Gale’s expert trainer, Stacey Knibloe, who will provide an overview of Gale resources and be available to answer your questions. Register Now!

Stacey will be stopping in:
Pittsfield     Norton
Boston       Mashpee

MLS is planning afternoon sessions at public libraries and evening sessions at nearby school libraries. We hope to see you there!

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eBook RFP Update

We are pleased to report that the Commonwealth eBook Collections Steering Committee has completed its deliberations on the eBooks, eMagazines and Streaming Media Solutions RFP process that began in July.  At this time, the committee has asked MLS to begin negotiations with Overdrive and EBSCO which would become the new offerings of Commonwealth eBook Collections beginning July 1, 2018.

It is still early in the process as MLS needs to conclude negotiations, and there is considerable work ahead.  MLS expects to release more detailed information with members in February about the new offerings, the transition and the enrollment process.

MLS thanks all who participated in the process by reviewing technical responses, viewing product demonstrations, participating in trials, testing for accessibility and providing direct feedback.  It wouldn’t be possible without our members and our partners!  MLS is also grateful for all the support from our current vendor partners and for all the vendors that put time and effort into their responses to our RFP.

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