[Athen] FW: Call for article proposals: special issue on online accessibility/usability issues pertaining to libraries

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Mon Jan 8 08:27:02 PST 2007

Some of you may be interested in this opportunity.


-----Original Message-----
From: Schmetzke, Axel
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 6:30 PM
To: 'EASI's Library Accessibility Discussion List'; 'Equal Access to
Software & Information'
Subject: Call for article proposals: special issue on online
accessibility/usability issues pertaining to libraries

Dear fellow accessibility advocates and researchers,

I'm working on a new special theme issue for Library Hi Tech (LHT) on the
online library environment and its accessibility/usability for all users,
including those with disabilities.

Topics to be covered include the following:

1. Libraries and Web/online accessibility policies: what we have and what we

2. Library Web site accessibility -- trend and current data.

3. Accessibility of federated search tools, such as Metalib and ENCompass.

4. Accessibility and usability of library database interfaces for people
with disabilities.

5. Accessibility of e-books, such as NetLibrary.

6. Formats of full-text resources and accessibility (including a discussion
of PDFs).

7. Accessibility of online library databases-the vendor's perspective.

8. Accessibility of online library tutorials.

9. e-Reserve and accessibility: problems and solutions.

10. Library school programs and the coverage of accessibility issues in
their curricula.

11. Digital collections and accessibility.

12. Current obstacles to a fully accessible online library infrastructure
and strategies to overcome them.

The tentative submission deadline for the final manuscript is May 1, 2007.

Library Hi Tech is a peer-reviewed journal. Contributions must be of high
quality, and they should be research-based (quantitative or qualitative
studies, surveys, policy analysis, etc.). Only under special circumstances
will I be persuaded to include "how-we-did-it-right" type of articles.
Proposals providing a comparative or international perspective on
library-related accessibility issues are particularly welcome.

Prospective contributors should contact me and submit a brief description of
the proposed article by February 27, 2007. Other factors being equal,
proposals submitted prior to January 19, 2007, will be given preferential

Axel Schmetzke, Ph.D.
Library, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 900 Reserve, Stevens Point,
WI 54481
Tel.: 715-346-4658
Email: aschmetz at uwsp.edu

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