Universal Accessibility Interest Group

Charge

The Universal Accessibility Interest group offers librarians, support staff, students, and other advocates networking and collaboration opportunities, information sharing and programming to promote accessibility in academic libraries, including web accessibility, assistive technology, reference and instruction for users with disabilities and captioning processes.

Roster

Maya Hobscheid (Convener, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Trisha Prevett (Incoming Convener, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Meredith Knoff (Past Convener, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Lauren Carlton (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)

Displaying active committee roster as of 09/23/2021. Last retrieved on 09/23/2021. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Resources

ALA Connect Community

Universal Accessibility IG Discussion List
This discussion list is currently hosted through ALA Connect. In order to post to the list you will need to join the group’s ALA Connect Community and address all discussion list email messages to the Connect discussion list address  ALA-acrluaig@ConnectedCommunity.org.

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Current ACRL Members
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Non-Members
Non-members are welcome to create a free ALA Connect account and have access to numerous resources as well as discussion form viewing privileges. Non-members can post to this community’s list once they create a free account, log in and join the community.

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Composition

As of August 2020, the UAIG had 569 members. Interest Group composition includes a convener and incoming convener.

Origin

The Universal Accessibility Interest Group was established at the 2009 Spring Executive Committee Meeting. The next renewal date for this interest group is the 2024 ALA Annual Conference.

Get Involved

Join an Interest Group
Join the Universal Accessibility Interest Group through your ALA membership record, and participate through the interest group's ALA Connect space and the ACRL electronic mailing list. If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas for discussion topics or events, please contact the conveners.

Staff Liaison

Lauren Carlton
Program Coordinator
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
Email: lcarlton@ala.org