THATCamp Alabama 2015

I was happy to participate in my 5th (!) THATCamp, THATCamp Alabama 2015, held September 4-5 on the Auburn University campus.

In the Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities session, I shared lessons learned from my participation in the Accessible Future workshop at Emory University in April. I also demoed two tools I support in the Libraries, Esri Story Maps and Google Fusion Tables, in a session on mapping. My notes for both sessions can be found in the THATCamp Alabama 2015 Google Drive folder.

I enjoyed the Tech in Tajikistan session led by my colleague Jennifer Pate, and discussions of Omeka, fieldwork and the digital archive, Alabama Mosaic, and Miriam Posner’s Keystone Digitial Humanities Conference keynote.

10/10 would do again.

Media Accessibility: Deaf Perspectives

Last week, my University Libraries colleague Lindley Shedd and I offered an instruction session for COM 295: Intercultural Communication—Deaf Perspectives. One of the topics the class explores is media and the role it plays in the lives of the deaf. Lindley is Media Services Coordinator at the Sanford Media Center and talked about the Center’s support for digital media production. I talked about how people who are Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing access media and how content creators can ensure the audio and video we create is accessible to all.

The resources I referenced are listed below and bookmarked at mbfortson’s com295 Bookmarks on Diigo. You’ll notice several references to web accessibility. As much of our content access is happening online these days, I conflated web and multimedia access for purposes of the session, acknowledging they are not the same thing but closely related.

I’m always excited to have an opportunity to discuss accessibility. Much thanks to Lindley for inviting me to talk about one of my favorite topics!
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