User-Centered Design, Accessibility, and Universal Design in the Web Accessibility Toolkit

Week nine’s topic, user experience, immediately reminded me of the concept of Universal Design. That is the marriage of accessibility standards with user centered design practices. The core principal of Universal Design is to create a product that works well for anyone. In order to achieve this goal, the designer must imagine and work with … Continue reading User-Centered Design, Accessibility, and Universal Design in the Web Accessibility Toolkit

Web Accessibility

This post is in response to the article, Web Accessibility, Libraries and the Law. When thinking about equality, protection from discrimination in libraries, and accessibility in libraries, it’s easy to often think about the physical barriers, but what about the nonphysical barriers? When I think about digital libraries/resources, I think of instant access, accessible to … Continue reading Web Accessibility

Digital Libraries & Accessibility

I have been considering some of the challenges of accessibility to users of Digital Libraries. One of the main reasons for creating digital collections is to make resources more easily accessible to patrons, but are digital libraries user-friendly to the disabled and visually impaired? Current literature about accessibility for disabled users within digital libraries is … Continue reading Digital Libraries & Accessibility

Cloud Computing in the Digital Library

In the Core Infrastructure Considerations for Large Digital Libraries reading from Week 7, we learn about the many considerations that large digital libraries face when handling the digitization of materials (Henry, 2012). One of the decisions that digital libraries must make is how they are going to store and deliver their content. Before creating a digital … Continue reading Cloud Computing in the Digital Library