*LITA web course on Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians

this new LITA web course!


   - Jessica Olin, Director of the Library, Robert H. Parker Library,
   Wesley College; and
   - Holly Mabry, Digital Services Librarian, Gardner-Webb University

*Starting August 1, 2016*

A Moodle based web course with asynchronous weekly content lessons,
tutorials, assignments, and group discussions.

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

Universal Design is the idea of designing products, places, and experiences
to make them accessible to as broad a spectrum of people as possible,
without requiring special modifications or adaptations. This course will
present an overview of universal design as a historical movement, as a
philosophy, and as an applicable set of tools. Students will learn about
the diversity of experiences and capabilities that people have, including
disabilities (e.g. physical, learning, cognitive, resulting from age and/or
accident), cultural backgrounds, and other abilities. The class will also
give students the opportunity to redesign specific products or environments
to make them more universally accessible and usable.


By the end of this class, students will be able to…

   - Articulate the ethical, philosophical, and practical aspects of
   Universal Design as a method and movement – both in general and as it
   relates to their specific work and life circumstances
   - Demonstrate the specific pedagogical, ethical, and customer service
   benefits of using Universal Design principles to develop and recreate
   library spaces and services in order to make them more broadly accessible
   - Integrate the ideals and practicalities of Universal Design into
   library spaces and services via a continuous critique and evaluation cycle

Here’s the Course Page <>

*Jessica Olin*

Is the Director of the Library, Robert H. Parker Library, Wesley College.
Ms. Olin received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2003 and an MAEd, with a
concentration in Adult Education, from Touro University International. Her
first position in higher education was at Landmark College, a college that
is specifically geared to meeting the unique needs of people with learning
differences. While at Landmark, Ms. Olin learned about the ethical,
theoretical, and practical aspects of universal design. She has since
taught an undergraduate course for both the education and
the entrepreneurship departments at Hiram College on the subject.

*Holly Mabry*

Holly Mabry received her MLIS from UNC-Greensboro in 2009. She is currently
the Digital Services Librarian at Gardner-Webb University where she manages
the university’s institutional repository, and teaches the library’s
for-credit online research skills course. She also works for
an international virtual reference service called Chatstaff. Since
finishing her MLIS, she has done several presentations at local and
national library conferences on implementing universal design in libraries
with a focus on accessibility for patrons with disabilities.


August 1 – September 9, 2016


   - LITA Member: $135
   - ALA Member: $195
   - Non-member: $260

*Technical Requirements:*

Moodle login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start
date. The Moodle-developed course site will include weekly new content
lessons and is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction
led by the instructor. Students regularly use the forum and chat room
functions to facilitate their class participation. The course web site will
be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to
Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will
remain open for 90 days after the end date for students to refer back to
course material.

*Registration Information:*

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)
Mail or fax form to ALA Registration
call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5
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*Questions or Comments?*

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact
LITA at (312)
280-4268 or Mark Beatty, [log in to unmask]

Ken Varnum
Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics
Library Information Technology | University of Michigan Library
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