May 18 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

University Libraries and the DAWN Network warmly invites you join in and learn more at an upcoming webinar ‘A Screen at the Table’.

Providing a screen at the table supports people with disabilities to participate in our community when a seat isn’t available. That’s why this Global Accessibility Awareness Day, University Libraries and the DAWN Network is encouraging everyone to reflect on how to provide screens (and not just seats) at the table for all members of our community.

Use this GAAD Eventbrite link to register for this wonderful discussion.

Library’s Virtual Reading Room

Experience extraordinary rare and special collections remotely using the University of Sydney’s Virtual Reading Room. The Virtual Reading Room uses special cameras and video conferencing to provide remote access to our special collections, making our Rare Books and Special Collections more accessible.

One hour sessions are free and bookings can be made to view either one boxed collection or, two individual items from the Rare Books and Special Collections – this could be a book, manuscript, script, photographs, glass negatives, or ephemera. Once a booking has been confirmed, participants are emailed a Zoom link.

Use this Virtual Reading Room web link to learn more, make a booking or contact a member of the team.

Improving the Library’s Digital Presence

The library is in the process of revamping its digital presence by building a new website. The goal is to revolutionise the digital experience for both students and researchers using University Library.

Inclusivity is at the forefront of the new website templates, which have been thoughtfully designed to prioritise an intuitive and enjoyable user experience for individuals with disabilities, including those who rely on assistive technology.

To ensure that the website is accessible to everyone, the team will be working alongside the University’s digital accessibility team to conduct usability testing and gather feedback from individuals with disability in the upcoming months.