ALPS Presentation: Introduction to the Web Literacy Standard & Open Badges

This was a lightning talk presented at the ALPS December 2013 meeting. I didn’t actually have any slides for this talk, simply showing the two sites along with the backpack while talking. Continue reading “ALPS Presentation: Introduction to the Web Literacy Standard & Open Badges”

Code4LibBC: Shifting Perspectives: From Disability Accommodation to Universal Design

For this presentation, I decided to speak more broadly on accessibility (rather than focus specifically on web accessibility), partly because it’s so short (5-10 minute lightning talk) and partly due to the fact that despite it being a “Code4Lib” regional, we wanted to promote cross collaboration across all skill and knowledge levels. I still used a technology example, but had physical space related examples as well. Continue reading “Code4LibBC: Shifting Perspectives: From Disability Accommodation to Universal Design”

Presentation: Working with Users of Perceptual Disabilities At a Distance

I actually recently presented this as part of an interview, and thought it had enough new material (and not just repeating my web accessibility posts/presentations) to warrant posting it.

To give you a bit of context, the goal of the presentation was to train staff, who have no prior experience working with persons with disabilities, to provide assistance to users with “perceptual disabilities at a distance”, that is virtually or remotely. Much like the users they would serve, I also made the assumption that staff technical expertise may vary as well. Continue reading “Presentation: Working with Users of Perceptual Disabilities At a Distance”

TRY 2013: RULA Bookfinder: Getting People to Their Books Fast!

I’ve done a write up of the 5-minute version of this talk when I presented it at Code4lib 2013 National. This version at TRY 2013 is the full overview that I did with two coworkers. Continue reading “TRY 2013: RULA Bookfinder: Getting People to Their Books Fast!”

TRY 2013: Implementing WCAG by Making Your Website Accessible for Everyone

If you’ve read my previous posts on web accessibility, then most of this will be a rehash. This is the version that I did for the TRY 2013 conference, where I reorganized a few things and put in different examples. Continue reading “TRY 2013: Implementing WCAG by Making Your Website Accessible for Everyone”

Making the Website More Accessible with HTML5 & CSS3

Presented at the Amigos Library Services’ HTML5 & CSS3 Online Conference a couple of weeks ago. It was recorded, but the recordings are not public, so instead, I’ve included my deck and a slightly edited version of the script that I used.

Continue reading “Making the Website More Accessible with HTML5 & CSS3”

Code4Lib Day 1: RULA Bookfinder: Getting People to Books Fast! Lightning Talk

Video on Internet Archive

Not a New Problem

  • mapping the shelf where an item is located
  • common implementation: stackmap
  • but paid
  • implementation into catalogue similar, add button to click on to get map

What’s Different

  • full screen = bigger map
  • links to video tutorials in lightbox/fancybox
  • share map through link, and via email
  • automatically prioritize by loan period (regular vs. reference only) and availability, while still showing you the other locations
  • responsive
  • integrated search, built for mobile
  • shelf signage (though seen 1-2 other libraries doing this as well)

Are People Using It?

  • Launched mid-Nov, Dec exam period, Jan first real indication
  • desktop ~2/3, mobile ~1/3 of usage

What Do Users Think?

  • Demo’ed at Learning Commons Open House just before launch – a lot of positive feedback
  • Usability Study
  • most agree/strongly agree: easy to understand, easy to follow, prefer having shelf number
  • a couple didn’t like look/colours of floor plan, but most still liked it
  • most importantly: level of frustration = lower