Using Your Library's Virtual Presence to Reach Users with Disabilities

Friday, 4/24/2020
  • 12:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 11:00 AM (Central)
  • 10:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 9:00 AM (Pacific)

Is your library working towards improving online accessibility to customers with disabilities? Have you developed new programs and services that intentionally welcome individuals with disabilities, but are struggling to connect with your target audience? Developing inclusive library services will be more effective if your library connects with the disability community, and leveraging your organization's virtual presence will help you do that.

Dakota County Library's Youth Manager Renee Grassi will share strategies to optimize your library's website, social media, and digital resources to welcome individuals with disabilities at the library. Librarians, library technology and social media staff members, and library managers can learn about innovative, easily replicable and cost-effective ways to increase awareness of your library services and reach new users in your community. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar:

  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of WCAG 2.1 and how it applies to their library's digital presence
  • Participants will acquire at least 5 ideas for leveraging their Library's virtual presence to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in their content creatio and delivery
  • Participants will learn at least 3 strategies for being a Digital Accessibility Advocate at their library. 

Who Should Attend

Librarians, managers, and directors working in public, academic, special, and school libraries; technology specialist who work in libraries managing library website and/or creating content; and library staff who manage their library's social media channels. 


 Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library, is a recognized library leader and advocate for people of all abilities. Renee considers herself an ally to individuals with disabilities, and has presented nationally and internationally to help libraries be more equitable and inclusive for all. 




How to Register


Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.


Registration or Technical questions should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!