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W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 June 5, 2018 W3C Issues Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced an updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, expanding existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities. W3C Issues Improved Accessibility Guidance for Websites and Applications Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands provisions for mobile, low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities; international uptake in progress https://www.w3.org/ — 05 June 2018 — Today W3C announces a significant update to W3C’s internationally-recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines which addresses accessibility of web content, websites and web applications on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 expands upon guidance developed by W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) over the years, and is used widely around the world to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. “Developed through W3C’s consensus process and WAI’s strong multi-stakeholder engagement, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 helps Web designers and developers better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users. The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) addressed new requirements towards a goal of coordinated international uptake and standards harmonization.” — Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO Enables Website Developers to Reach a Broader Audience WCAG 2.1 expands existing coverage of mobile accessibility, and adds more provisions in the areas of low vision, and cognitive and learning disabilities. “WCAG 2.1 improves support for interactions using touch, including guidance for complex gestures and for avoiding unintended activation of a touch interface. For low vision, WCAG 2.1 extends...

FOPL Discount: U of T iSchool Symposium: Cybersecurity: Libraries ARE a Target!

Cybersecurity: Libraries ARE a Target! FOPL Members Receive a 20% Discount on registration. U of T iSchool Symposium July 19-20, 2018 https://www.doitourselvesfuture.com/ What do you need to have in place to have a secure library?  What do your libraries need to recommend to their clients so they are safer online?  No matter what type of library, public institution, museum or community organization you are with, you need to be prepared and knowledgeable about cybersecurity.  Join our experienced, knowledgeable practitioners and leaders in cybersecurity to up your game in your organization. Scary things are happening in our library technology spaces! Ransomeware, DDOS, viruses and securing your enterprise and personal privacy and safety are hot topics today. Whether you’re working in the academic or public library sector this is the workshop for you.  If you’re training end users on how to surf smart, then you’ll learn a lot. If these issues challenge your management team, or you unsure if your knowledge is current on cybersecurity, then this is the symposium for you to explore new ways to develop your organizations’ threat avoidance and response strategies for the coming years. More details including speakers and schedule are on the website, https://www.doitourselvesfuture.com/. Please register and join us or send someone from your system to this event!...

The results are in for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club_Club de lecture d’été TD English Library Awards!

The results are in for the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club_Club de lecture d’été TD English Library Awards! The Callander Public Library, Clarington Public Library, and Spruce Grove Public Library received the English-language award for most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs! #TDSRC TD Summer Reading Club_Club de lecture d’été TDLike Page 22 hrs The results are in for the 2017 English Library Awards! Kudos to Callander Public Library, Clarington Public Library and Spruce Grove Public Library—English-language award recipients for most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs! #TDSRC Manitoba Library Association Library and Archives...

Investing in libraries will produce long-term dividends

Winnipeg Free Press Editorial: Investing in libraries will produce long-term dividends https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/investing-in-libraries-will-produce-long-term-dividends-484219583.html EDITORIAL “When you stop to think about what a public library is and the function it serves within a community, it almost seems like a mythical place. No, really — think about it. A public library is a place in which hundreds upon hundreds of books — containing a universe of ideas, thoughts, stories and characters — are available for anyone to borrow and read, free of charge. It’s a place in which information is made accessible to anyone, also free. It’s a place where one can read newspapers, rent movies and use the internet, as well as access innovative community programming aimed at making us a more compassionate and less ignorant society. Again, all for free. MAGGIE MACINTOSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Coun. Brian Mayes at the St. Vital Library reopening. Public libraries are incredible things. They are the bedrock of literacy and democracy, which is why it’s encouraging that the City of Winnipeg is continuing to invest in ours. This week, the St. Vital Library reopened after undergoing a $2.4-million facelift that included the addition of an elevator, more washrooms and a new roof — all improvements that will boost usage. The renovations provide, quite literally, a new lease on life for the St. Vital Library. Five years ago, it was slated for demolition. And later, it was slated for amalgamation with Windsor Park. St. Vital is one of the 10 libraries included in Winnipeg’s 2013 library redevelopment strategy, which acknowledged, quite correctly, that libraries can’t truly be accessible places for all if the spaces themselves...

New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement”

New Report: “Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement” Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket https://www.infodocket.com/2018/05/24/new-report-public-libraries-as-platforms-for-civic-engagement/ “The following report comes from the University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). Title Public Libraries as Platforms For Civic Engagement Authors Chris Coward Colin Maclay Maria Garrido Source University of Washington Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA). May 2018 Abstract What role should the world’s public libraries have in civic engagement? In recent years, traditional media have weakened, the civic space has become increasingly divisive, and society has become ever more divided socially, economically and politically, yet public libraries have stood strong. They have long fulfilled a vital need for communal spaces where people can engage and exchange ideas and served as a “civic commons” where people can work together toward what they perceive as the public good. With democracy in crisis in many parts of the world, public libraries and librarians are asking how they can re-envision and nourish the role of libraries in promoting civic engagement. To this end, the University of Washington Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Innovation Lab invited a select group of thought leaders for a conversation aimed at sparking new ideas and solutions for global action. This gathering brought together a cross-section of leading thinkers from public libraries, civic media, collective action, peace building, the arts, media and data literacies, civic technology, gaming, and other fields, to explore ideas and practices to advance civic engagement. This report documents the discussions of this event. Direct to Full Text Report 24 pages; PDF. See Also: Blog...