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Vecchione and Peacock present at conference

Amy Vecchione, an associate professor and head of emerging technologies and experiential learning at Albertsons Library, and Rebeca Peacock, an assistant professor and instructional design librarian, recently presented at the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries Conference.

The title of their work is, “Where are the captions? Using Universal Design for Learning to develop a model for accessible library media access.”

They wrote, “During the 2020 Covid19 pandemic, thousands of higher education institutions made a rapid shift to online learning. This transition (or exacerbated) highlighted a crucial flaw in our education system: the lack of accessible library materials in our online learning environments. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of a survey on accessible online media access acquisitions that lead to the creation of the Library Model for Adopting Accessible Practices in Acquisitions. This model is based on Universal Design for Learning principles and can be used by an institution to measure their current practices and develop an iterative process to build a future for all learners regardless of ability. Participants will be provided an opportunity to both engage in reflection and develop a plan to use the model to refine policies, staff training, and practices in media access at their institution.”

The conference accepted just 30% of presentation proposals. The presentation of Vecchione and Peacock, before 480 attendees, was one of two presentations featured from that day in American Libraries magazine:

This presentation was based on a previous article: