Beyond Compliance Webinar

Next Sessions: July 11th, July 22nd & July 29th, 2011

  • Part I: Monday, July 11, 11:00-12:00CDT
    (Overview of Barriers and Affiliated Technology)
  • Part II: Friday, July 22, 11:00-12:00CDT
    (Recommended Solutions & Accompanying Challenges)
  • Part III: Friday, July 29, 11:00 – 12:00 CDT
    (Planning for Accessibility)

Registration coming soon! Or, register by mail or fax by downloading the registration form (PDF format.)

Course Description

Having a disability in an able-bodied world presents many obstacles, and the resulting frustration often discourages differently-abled individuals from participation in many activities. The same holds for library services. Often, there are embedded virtual, social, and architectural obstacles founds throughout libraries which prevent disabled patrons from equitable access to library services.

"Beyond Compliance" is a unique webinar designed to address the virtual and media-related obstacles disabled patrons encounter while accessing library services. Virtual and media-related obstacles are defined as inherent features in an informational medium that prevent equitable access to information. And given the lack of awareness about these issues, it is necessary begin the dialogue about how to resolve these problems.

Organized as a four week course, the webinar will include assigned readings, discussion prompts, and offer practical advice on creating equitable access to library services and instruction.

The course will include:

  • Online lessons/presentations every week
  • One optional chat session per week
  • Several short assignments and readings per week

Instructional Sequence

PowerPoint/Presentation (45 Minutes)

Program Sequence:

Part I: Importance of Accessibility

Part II: Affected Populations & Associated Challenges

  • Blind & Low Vision Patrons
  • Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) Patrons
  • Mobility-Impaired Patrons
  • Nature of Challenges

Part III: What are Electronic and Media-Related Barriers?

  • Definitions
  • Examples

Part IV: Recommended Solutions

  • Examples
  • Challenges to Implementation

Part V: Legislation (and Ethics)

  • Overview of Legislation
  • Current Legal Issues & Electronic Accessibility
  • Ethics vs. Legalities

Part VI: Planning to Improve Electronic Accessibility

  • Commit to Improvement
  • Steps to Undertake
  • Assessment/Audit
  • Outline Everyone who is Involved: Who, What, Where, When…and Why/
  • Establish Budget & Timeline
  • Create an Assessment Component
Part VII: Further Resources

Out of Money? Think Outside of the Box
Recommended Resources

Chat Session (30 Minutes)

Q & A via chat session.  I will provide answers, or refer to appropriate resources, for participants.

Conclusions (15 Minutes)

Remind participants that though electronic accessibility can be difficult, there are resources and support people available for advice.  I will provide a list, and my contact information for further questions.  (I may create a blog to discuss these resources, and if I do, I will provide the contact URL).


Assigned Readings
Penn State article
Universal Design for Learning

Worksheets for Strategic Planning

“Create Your Own Initiative”
Response: How Could Penn State Have Prevented the Lawsuit?

Example of Podcast via Jing for Accessibility Alternatives (Will provide citations shortly)

Course Format



Rebecca M. Marrall is the Diversity Resident Librarian at Western Washington University, located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington.  Her professional interests revolve around diversity-related issues, library instruction, and accessibility in academic libraries.  Though Rebecca originally hails from Oregon, she earned her Master’s in Library & Information Science at the University of Hawai’i.  Prior to her time in Hawai’i, Rebecca completed a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology at Portland State University.  She very much enjoys being the Northwest again, but does miss the fabulous weather in Hawai’i.

Registration Information

Registration limit for each session: 30

Registrations for this session will no longer be accepted once the 30 student limit is reached.

Registration Fees:

  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register:

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611