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Library champions for disability Meeting Notes January 22nd 2021


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Library champions for disability Meeting Notes January 22nd 2021

  1. 1. Library Champions for Disability meeting notes 20th January 2021 Meeting held via Zoom- 22 Attendees Chaired by Heather Dawson (LSE Library) Library champions for Disability is a grassroots community of practice forum for all information professionals which was launched in November 2015 in affiliation with ALISS It aim to offer librarians, information professionals from all sectors an informal place to contact, meet and exchange and exchange ideas. Disability is defined broadly to include neurodiversity conditions, mental health issues, physical or intellectual impairment.We believe that library users should not be ‘disabled’ by technical, environmental or social conditions in libraries and urge all those who support this to join us to improve access for all. Experience sharing The meeting opened with delegates sharing experiences of websites and resources which they felt helped them support students remotely. RNIB Bookshare was mentioned by many Other recommendations – Home office accessibility posters Daisy consortium webinars AbilityNet Offer free webinars and the website also has recordings. Good examples include insights from Google and experiences shared by a dyslexic member of staff on his insight into using technology Lexdis Good clear guidance on website auditing and testing University of the Arts is promoting a Tech for ALL online accessibility conference 1-5 February.
  2. 2. RNIB Bookshare update from Stacey Scott We have 650,000 titles, growing every day. We support 30,000 students and 25,000 staff members. During the lockdown there has been a massive growth in individual members Bookshare have enabled students to register as individual members if they have been having difficulty contacting their schools. negotiations are ongoing with publishers to add more content including backfiles and Stacey urged any delegates having issues with specific ones to contact her direct Questions included whether audio books are included in Bookshare. Stacey stated that they are not but there is a separate RNIB talking books collection All books should be DRM free the RNIB does have a tracking service in the event of excessive downloads Stacey said that the RNIB is currently offering a series of introductory webinars. These include a demo of the service plus demos of the features of the Dolphin EasyReader reading app. Dates and sign up details are Thursday 4th February at 1pm 0g2NOwFQ Wednesday 24th February at 3pm j4nnjw Monday 8th March at 1pm s_6hbA Tuesday 23rd March at 3pm C_AccTkg CILIP Disability Network briefing document was introduced by Yvonne Morris Yvonne Morris MCLIP Policy Manager (Diversity and Inclusion) CILIP: the Library and Information Association This is reproduced below: Introduction
  3. 3. In 2021, CILIP will launch a new Diversity Network for library and information workers with experience of disability. The purpose of this briefing document is to:  Provide a brief overview of CILIP’s Diversity Networks and why they have been formed  Invite consultation on potential roles for the Disability Network, on membership eligibility, on the role of allies, and on a name for the Network (“Disability Network” is the working name for this Network, library and information workers with experience of disability are welcome to suggest alternatives)  Set out next steps, including the appointment of a Chair and a committee Background to the formation of a Disability Network CILIP is the UK’s information and library association. We stand for fairness, inclusivity and social justice. As an ethical professional organisation, CILIP is committed to ensuring that the profession reflects the full diversity of the society and communities we serve. In 2017 CILIP formally adopted an Equality and Diversity Action Plan, which committed us to taking action to improve diversity and representation in the following areas:  CILIP as an organisation  Diversity & the membership  Diversity & the profession  Celebrating diversity  Diverse and inclusive library, information and knowledge services This was followed in 2019 by Libraries, Information and Knowledge Change Lives (also known as Changing Lives), a position paper that sets out how we can be an activist for positive social change and social justice across all of the sectors in which our members work. Developed in collaboration with CILIP’s Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG), it identifies six priority areas for action:  Equality and equity for marginalised groups  Equality of opportunity for all, irrespective of class or socio-economic status  Overcoming the debilitating impact of poverty  Opposing prejudice, conscious and unconscious bias, discrimination and hate speech  Supporting members to rebalance structural inequality in collections and services  Addressing Climate Change. In Changing Lives CILIP commits to being an ally to individuals and groups that are under-represented both in society and in our profession. This means ensuring that these groups are actively included in our work, that we do more to listen to and amplify their voices and that we think critically about and take action to address our own role in perpetuating exclusion and inequality. The establishment of CILIP’s three Diversity Networks is an important step towards fulfilling the commitments made in both our Equalities and Diversity Action Plan and in Changing Lives. Our three Diversity Networks are:
  4. 4.  The BAME Network, established to provide a forum for librarians and information professionals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to share their experiences, support each other and network. This Network was launched in June 2019  The LGBTQ+ Network, which aims to provide guidance, support, and a safe space to share knowledge and experiences for library, information and knowledge workers who identify as LGBTQ+. This Network was launched in February 2020  The Disability Network. This Network will be launched in the first half of 2021. CILIP’s Diversity Networks are free to join and open to CILIP members and non- members who meet the eligibility criteria (see below for more on membership). Consulting on the shape of the CILIP Disability Network  Roles for the Network We invited people in our community with experience of disability to come together on November 10th and help us scope our new Disability Network. In this meeting, participants suggested five potential roles for the Network: 1. Community & networking – provide a safe space to ask questions, share information, offer mutual support and reduce isolation; 2. Education – inform employers and the profession about best practice, expose them to new ideas; 3. Policy change & activism – influence wider policy and sector development, feed into CILIP’s planning and delivery, and engage in proactive advocacy; 4. Recruitment – lobby for changes to create a more inclusive and diverse library, information and knowledge workforce; 5. Mental health and wellbeing – advise employers on how best to support the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce.  Membership In the meeting participants proposed that membership should be open to all library and information workers who self-identify as having a disability or neurodiversity. Opening up membership to carers was also suggested. It was felt that non-disabled allies should be encouraged to work with the Network, proactively supporting its aims and objectives. However, there were differing views over whether allies should be invited to participate in all or just some of the Network’s meetings and events. Some attendees felt that a separate space and forum reserved only for those with experience of disability is needed. Consultation We are grateful for the insights and comments provided by participants in our meeting on November 10th. Additional commentary on any of the above is invited. We also welcome general feedback on our proposals. Please email this to Yvonne Morris, Policy Manager by February 15th. Comments and feedback will be used to shape a second meeting (see below). Next steps to forming the CILIP Disability Network December 2020 to February 2021  Appointing a Chair or Co-Chairs
  5. 5. We are seeking a Chair for the Disability Network. This role can be shared. Most if not all of the work will be carried out virtually, but travel expenses will be paid should the need to travel arise. The Chair/Co-Chairs will be supported by the Policy Manager. Further information and a role description will be posted on Information Professional Jobs w/c Jan 25th ( Anyone interested in this role, or who would like to discuss it, should contact Yvonne Morris at  Call for general committee members The model adopted for the formation of the BAME Network and LGBTQ+ Network was the establishment of a “shadow committee” to lead setup and handover to a duly elected Board. CILIP is very grateful to its shadow committees for the work they have undertaken to establish these two Networks. However, on this occasion we are speeding up the process to make up for time lost to the covid-19 pandemic. The “shadow committee” stage will be omitted and a call will be issued in February for Disability Network general committee members. March 2021 Once a Chair or Co-Chairs are in place, a second open meeting will be held to:  Agree on roles for the Network and its overarching purpose  Agree on a name for the Network  Agree on eligibility for membership, including the role of allies  Consider how the Network communicates with its members and how frequently it should meet  Any other items proposed by the Chair/Co-Chairs Shortly after this meeting, Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Disability Network will be drafted by CILIP, incorporating what has been agreed. March/April 2021 The Chair/Co-Chairs and general committee members will meet with the Policy Manager to approve the TOR and to plan for a launch. April/May 2021 The Network will launch. The launch will be overseen by the Chair/Co-Chairs and general committee members with support from the Policy Manager. Spring 2021 Once the Network has launched, the Chair/s will convene an inaugural meeting with their members (this meeting could be held on the same day as the launch). A work and events programme will be developed. Lisa Anderson & Masniza Sore, University of Northampton Taking the stress out of lockdown: access without compromise Lisa and Mas Introduced their talk on auditing third-party content databases for accessibility and preparing the library website and libguides for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) at the University of Northampton. This was a more informal version of the presentation given at the Northern Collaboration virtual Conference November 2020
  6. 6. the slides can be viewed at 2mt Key elements highlighted by the presentation were The learning curve experienced by staff in learning how to audit, the fact that it was time consuming and they needed to limit the amount they did on one day/week to break the task down into small parts Guidelines produced by WCAG were often too technical for many staff They produced their own handy libguide here They produced checklists to aid staff They still have to test sites using screenreaders. This is likely to be a more difficult and time consuming process The libguides can be viewed at