Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Webinar: Using Universal Design for Learning to Enhance Information Literacy Programs: Online and in the Library

There is a free webinar that is being held twice (though with different speakers on the same theme) to accommodate people in different time zones. The IFLA Information Literacy and Library Services to People with Special Needs sections have combined to present Using Universal Design for Learning to Enhance Information Literacy Programs: Online and in the Library.
"A Can’t-Miss Webinar for librarians from public libraries and academic libraries, as well as school librarians/teacher-librarians and library school students—anyone who plans online Information Literacy courses. This is particularly critical in the current crisis when information seeking, and many library services have moved to a virtual environment. ... The intended audience includes, but is not limited to, any librarians planning Information Literacy courses, librarians providing online user training, library school students, and school librarians. Sign up to gain insights and actionable practices that can be put in place!"
Time 1. Sept 16, 2020 at 14.00 US Eastern Time (19:00 Universal Time Coordinated/UK time) Welcome remarks to be delivered by Min Chou, Chair, IFLA Information Literacy Section. Speakers: Dr. Gihan (Gigi) Mohammad, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Mohammad teaches instructional design to pre-service educators. Ms. Caroline Smith, the Inclusive Services Consultant at the South Carolina State Library, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Ms Smith focuses on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within libraries and provides support to public library staff. Ms. Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library, Eagan, Minnesota, USA is an author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and advocate for people with disabilities. She is a founding member of SNAILS, an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities.

Time 2. Sept 23, 2020 10:00am Hong Kong Time (06:00am UTC/UK time) Welcome remarks to be delivered by Nancy Bolt, Chair, IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs Section. Speakers: Dr. Clayton A. Copeland, Director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity of Access and Diversity at the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Copeland’s research and teaching focus on universal design and equity of access to information for people with disabilities and other underserved populations. Prof. Carli Spina, Associate Professor and Head of Research & Instructional Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Prof. Spina is coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities and has extensive experience in projects related to accessibility, inclusion, universal design, and user experience. Dr. Kim M. Thompson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communication, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on the relationship between information access and social inclusion.
Links to register https://www.ifla.org/node/93259
Photo by Sheila Webber: hydrangea, August 2020

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