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Digital Odyssey 2021

Digital Odyssey is traditionally a one-day conference that brings together library professionals to explore themes of research, learning, accessibility, and usability associated with technology in libraries.

How to Get IT Right: Tackling Accessible Tech

Monday June 7, 2021 |  10:00am – 5:00pm ET  |  Register Here

2020 was a year filled with challenges and constant change, and with the move to increased online services, libraries across the province reported new and unique challenges when it came to providing modified services in an accessible way. We are thrilled to be able to present a full day’s worth of sessions that will ensure libraries are keeping accessibility top-of-mind, meeting the needs of their customers, inspiring new ways of providing service, and planning for inclusive and diverse service models.

Our program will include featured speakers from the disabilities community, an expert on user experience design and accessibility, as well as a library panel discussion, concurrent “lightning style” sessions to spark conversation, networking opportunities, and the chance to highlight key accessibility technologies that are available to libraries.

Thank you to our event sponsor Apple Education.

Members $75
Non-Members $125
Non-Member PLUS $150 (includes a one year membership)
Staff at First Nation Public Libraries – Free

Schedule (Full Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios here)

10:00am – Opening Keynote: Our Cities, Today and Tomorrow with Luke Anderson 

11:00am – Tech Talks 

11:45am – Providing Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals with Beverly Dooley, Canadian Hearing Services

12:15pm – Accessibility in Canadian Public Libraries: Awareness and Training for Library Staff with CELA

12:45pm – Show & Tell: Assisting Through Annotated Video and Clips with Apple Education

1:30pm – Disabilities + Dessert + Digital Content: Dive in with Stump Kitchen 

2:30pm – Think Accessibility: Practical Tips from Librarians Who Do with Kelly Dermody, Ryerson University; Tim Tripp, University Health Network; Winona McMorrow, Toronto Public Library

3:45pm – Closing Keynote: Inclusive and Accessible Experiences with Regine Gilbert 

4:45pm – Closing Remarks

On Demand Webinars:

Machine Information Behaviour with Mike Ridley
Exploring AI in Libraries: What Is Being Done & What Comes Next with Amanda Wheatley 
Roles for Computing in Social Justice with Rediet Abebe