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Against the Grain V36#2

This issue is jam-packed with goodness!  We’d like to thank Nettie Lagace, Associate Executive Director of NISO, for guest editing on the vitally important topic of digital accessibility.  We reached out to Nettie following a presentation she organized on the same topic at the 2023 Charleston Conference to invite her to guest edit the issue, and we’re thrilled she and her co-presenters agreed to do so.  Beth German, Assistant Director for Library Assessment and User Experience at Princeton University Library, tells us about how to break down barriers to accessibility in the library and how to work collaboratively to increase access.  Nicholas Seow, Accessibility Specialist, and Simon Holt, Senior Product Manager, Content Accessibility, discuss their approach to accessibility at Elsevier.  Bill Kasdorf, Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC and Co-Founder of Publishing Technology Partners, gets technical with a discussion of systems and metadata to remediate resources for accessibility.  And finally, we have a conversation with Elyssa M. Gould, Department Head, Acquisitions & Continuing Resources, and Leigh Mosley, Accessibility Coordinator, both at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, about their complete process for discovering, documenting, and communicating accessibility compliance for the library’s electronic collections.  Wow!

ATG Interviews Daniel J. Doody, recently retired President and CEO of Doody Enterprises.  Thank you to Ramune Kubilius, Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, for connecting us with Dan and for helping to conduct the interview!  And I don’t know about you, but I LOVE flowers!  Lesley Rice Montgomery’s Wandering the Web column in this issue brings us some good information on reference sites for hobby gardeners.  Bring on the blooms!  We also have our first cohort of reports from the 2023 Charleston Conference in “And They Were There,” organized by Sara F. Hess, Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian at Penn State.  Reports are organized into several intriguing formats, including “Top 3” lists,” “What I Learned at…” and “Reflections of a First Timer.” 

One of my favorite things to do is to take a golf cart ride here on Sullivans Island.  Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the waves are crashing on shore.  We take our dog Circe along with us, too.  Here’s a photo of the iconic lighthouse!  The Charleston Light on Sullivan’s Island has guided mariners into the harbor since 1962.  The distinctive lighthouse is part of the U.S. Coast Guard Historic District that includes historic buildings dating back to 1894 when the U.S. Life Saving Service protected seafarers from dangers along the nation’s coastlines.  The National Park Service protects and preserves the historic district (https://www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/charleston-light.htm). 

Well, let’s get reading!  Lots to cover!  Love, Yr.Ed.  


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