ALA Virtual Day 3

Timely sessions on reopening libraries. ALA is partnering with the American Industrial Hygiene Association, which have created guideline documents for libraries and other workspaces. This session brought together a book supplier and an Industrial Hygienist. From my own experience, the two competing needs are evident in workplaces and libraries that have chosen to reopen during uncertain times.

Diversity and multicultural sessions that continued to bring awareness to libraries’ roles as places of inclusivity and history. Recalling the Japanese internment camps during the 1940s put into perspective the parallels with detention centers, prison industrial complex, and reservations systems. An overlaying of multiculturalism throughout rather than just within (i.e. certain collections, programs), harkens to the approach by the Canadian government.

A similar thought process was explored through accessibility issues. I was most interested in the instructional design of Universal Design Learning and hope to implement this into all aspects of my communication.

  • Universal Design Learning (UDL) approach: content that meet the needs of a majority of users, rather than creating content and making accommodations as needed or identified.
    • The example I always think about are ramps.
    • Future habits will help with both accessibility compliant and approachable communication in general.
    • When describing and naming: be descriptive, clear, and concise.

Overall, I found ALA Virtual to be more possible than the traditional format. For one, it was more affordable from registration fee to travel/lodging/per diem. For another, I was able to attend more than one session that scheduled at the same time if they were both available on demand; far more efficient than running between sessions and tracking down slides. Lastly, as would be expected from librarians, they adapted well to making their presentations interesting and interactive, using a number of different formats and tools.