May 21, 2022

Conference Paper: “Accessibility at American Library Conferences”

The following paper will be presented on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the IFLA 2017 World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland.


Accessibility at American Library Conferences


Mike L. Marlin
California State Library


IFLA Library


This paper outlines the background and history of accessibility concerns and barriers facing attendees with disabilities at American Library Association Conferences throughout the United States, and discusses the recent work of the ALA Conference Accessibility Task Force charged with drafting recommendations for improvement of conference and virtual meeting accessibility. The author summarizes broad categories of accessibility covering the task force report of 81 specific recommendations, and several important appendices relating to overall accessibility guidelines, terminology, survey methodology, tip sheets for vendors and hotels, and master training document for staff, administration, presenters, and various conference volunteers.

Direct to Full Text Paper (7 pages; PDF)

Note: Paper includes a collection of  “Resources on Universal Design for Events, Meetings, and Conferences.”

See Also: Final Report of ALA’s Conference Accessibility Task Force (CATF) June 2017
72 pages; PDF. 

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