Making Makerspaces Accessible with UDL

Tris Chandler:

Making places, regardless of their use, accessible is important.

Originally posted on Designer Librarian:

When it comes to libraries, the term “accessibility” might bring to mind physical and virtual access to library spaces such as ramps, wide aisles, adaptive technologies, and even 508 compliance. But what about learning? How can differently-abled individuals access the kinds of learning opportunities that libraries offer to the public?

That’s where UDL (Universal Design for Learning) comes in. And to illustrate how UDL can be applied to library learning events, I will use makerspaces as an example. In the table below are the three principles of UDL, along with suggestions for application to maker activity design.

UDL Principles

Maker Activity Design Suggestions

Principle I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation To embrace this principle, instructional or informational materials for makerspace activities should be provided in multiple forms (or in multiple ways) to facilitate differences in information processing. For example:
  • Break down instructions into simple, discrete steps
  • Provide instructions in multiple languages if necessary
  • Add simple…

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A Library Matter of Genocide

Tris Chandler:

It is because of things like this that we really need to stand up against the status quo. It is not acceptable to try and erase through policy a cultural genocide anymore than it is acceptable to commit a genocide. Furthermore, by denying the correct access points for items which deal with genocidal topics you are furthering the erasure if an incredibly important and relevant historical fact. It is shameful.

Originally posted on The Decolonized Librarian:

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg (CMHR) — the first national museum located outside of Canada’s capital city, Ottawa — has been fraught with controversy since its inception, largely over accusations regarding its unequal and imbalanced treatment of genocides. Its official view as a crown corporation is that it only names those genocides recognized by the government of Canada: the Holocaust, Rwanda, Srebrenica, the Armenian genocide of 1915 (over Turkish objections) and the Holodomor in Ukraine. On the matter of the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada, however, the Museum is more circumspect, only acknowledging in a display on residential schools that  “many people argue” they were a “form” of genocide. As a result, Indigenous groups spoke out against the Museum during its development, and protested it when it opened.

Yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press reveals that this stance on the part of the Museum may have in…

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Diversity and Inclusion Highlighted in ARL’s Research Library Issues 286

Tris Chandler:

Awesome :)

Originally posted on ViMLoC: Visible Minority Librarians of Canada Network:

From ARL:

ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 286, a special issue focusing on fostering diversity and inclusion in research library operations and culture. The three articles in this issue of RLI cover recruitment and retention of staff from traditionally underrepresented groups, organizational climate and health, and library services to people with disabilities.

In the first article in this issue, Kathel Dunn and Joyce E. B. Backus of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) describe NLM’s strategic efforts to diversify its own staff as well as the broader workforce in medical and health sciences libraries in the US.
Next, Michael Crumpton of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) discusses UNCG Libraries’ ClimateQUAL survey results and the improvement strategies the libraries implemented based on staff feedback collected with this tool for improving workplace climate.
Finally, Darlene Nichols and Anna Ercoli Schnitzer of…

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Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper | Jezebel

Tris Chandler:

Worst >.<
It’s bad enough that women have to struggle in STEM but then to be belittled by stuck up publishers is just insult to injury.

Originally posted on infophile:

This just in from the land of great sexism: two female scientists had a manuscript rejected by a peer-reviewed journal because they didn’t ask a man for help. An unnamed peer reviewer for the journal PLoS One suggested that Drs. Fiona Ingleby and Megan Head find male co-authors—any men at all—for a paper they’d written, in order to make sure they weren’t leaping to “ideologically biased assumptions.” READ MORE: Female Scientists Told to Get a Man to Help Them With Their Paper | Jezebel

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12 Types You See in the Library: A Study of Students in their Native Habitat

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So with finals approaching  I’ve been spending nigh on every day in the depths of my university’s library. I thought, therefore, that it would be appropriate to report my observations on human life as it seems to occur in this environment…

I’ve identified 12 subtypes which emerge amidst the Darwinist conditions of computer shortages, desk squabbles, bright lighting and excess caffeine…

  • The sleepers: always a good start to a list, these types are keen on the trend for daytime napping. You will find them either tucked in a comfy chair, their legs propped on the nearest table, or else face down over their keyboard. Probably the source of much resentment, but perhaps it does increase productivity. Still, there could be beds provided, when desks are in such scarce conditions at this busy period…
  • The chatterers: they come in pairs. Often they arrive around 9-10 in the morning and…

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The Seaport Farmers’ Market and Halifax’s Race Problem

The Seaport Farmers’ Market and Halifax’s Race Problem is an article that was written by Anne Theriault of The Belle Jar and it is an excellent piece on pointing out Halifax’s problem with race, both historically and today. There are people who run businesses in Halifax who have been fined this year for not serving black people. (Is this 2015 or 1815?) Seriously Halifax, you need to be better than this, you’ve had 300 years to be better than this so it isn’t a new thing for you.

I love the way Anne writes and reading it I learned some new, but shameful, things about my history both as a Canadian and as someone who has ancestral roots in Nova Scotia.

Sad Day

So today I found out I didn’t either of the two co-ops I applied for this up coming summer term. I’m quite disappointed by this. :/

Such disappointment

I’m disappointed because these jobs were in areas of library science I would love to delve into more deeply in a professional environment, namely reference and collection management.  It would’ve been a huge boon to my professional experience and education to have gotten these positions but alas it was not to be.

A girl can dream though

In lieu of having to pack up my life and move to a different city for 18 weeks I have contacted a special academic library for a volunteer opportunity and plan on contacting other people I know for possible part time work in related or slightly unrelated fields while I’m in school part-time. Here’s hoping I hear back from them so that I can feel less stressed about May.

Fingers crossed

I suppose on the bright side I won’t have to spend money on moving expenses, I ban continue going to the Deaf socials I’ve been attending (my ASL is getting better), and I can still attend festivals in my city this summer. :)