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MLA Professional Development Opportunity: Accessibility in Libraries

on October 6, 2017 - 4:42pm

Accessibility in Libraries: Everything You Need to Know 

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in December 2013 and a truly inclusive Manitoba means we must achieve significant progress by 2023.  The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service is the first of five standards of the Act and it requires that public sector organizations be compliant by November 1, 2017.  Is your library compliant-ready? 

The Manitoba Library Association (MLA) invites you to join your colleagues from the Manitoba library community on November 20, 2017 to learn more about the AMA and the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service and steps you can take to ensure ongoing compliancy.  

Participants will gain a better understanding of the Act and the customer service standard and, specifically, the impact it has on libraries, information professionals, library staff and clients.  Participants will learn firsthand what people with disabilities experience and the challenges they face in our community.  Panelist speakers will share information on accessibility initiatives in their organizations.  Coffee and (optional) lunch time will provide participants with further opportunities to network and share stories and information with others from around Manitoba. 


When:  Monday, November 20, 2017 


Gaynor Family Regional Library, 806 Manitoba Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba R1A 2H4
Click here for directions on Google Maps 


9:00 am - 9:30 am - Arrival and coffee 
9:30 am - 10:00 am - AMA & Customer Standard Introduction / Yutta Frike, Executive Director, Disabilities Issues Office, Province of Manitoba
10:00 am - 11:00 am - Digital Accessibility and the AMA / Lisa Snider, Senior Consultant and Owner, Access Changes Everything (Website:

This session will focus on basic concepts and tips on how to make your websites, apps and other digital materials more accessible for your staff and patrons, including those with different disabilities. The information presented in this session will help when working with vendors, and the AMA Customer Service and Information and Communications Standards. Read more about Lisa Snider below.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm - Panel Discussion / Various Speakers (see below) 
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch (Note: an additional $15 will be added to your registration fee) 

A tour of the Gaynor Family Regional Library will follow lunch. 


$12 for MLIS/MLS/Lit Students (proof of status required) 
$15 for MLA Members
$20 for non-Members
Add $15 to your registration rate should you wish to join us for lunch following the session.  

Please note that pricing is based on cost recovery for putting on the event. 

Register by November 14, 2017: Click here to register.

Please direct questions about this event to Kerry Macdonald, MLA Vice-President at  



More Information On Our Speakers

Lisa Snider

Lisa Snider is the Senior Consultant and Trainer in her company, Access Changes Everything.


Since 1999, Lisa’s passion in life has been to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities in different North American settings and contexts. She shares this knowledge through training, seminars, user testing, accessibility audits, remediation and facilitation for a wide variety of North American organizations, governments and businesses, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, University of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and Government of Manitoba.


Lisa specializes in digital accessibility, which includes: websites, documents, audio, video, email, electronic signage, social media content, apps and computers. She is a nationally recognized digital accessibility advocate, and an internationally recognized archival accessibility expert.


Lisa is the Chair of the Province of Manitoba’s Information & Communications Standard Development Committee, Stakeholder in the new W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Silver Task Force (WCAG 2.1), and is a member of the Microsoft Office Accessibility Group and the Microsoft Mac Outlook Accessibility Group, collaborating with Microsoft to improve the accessibility of their products.

Lisa also has a digital archivist background. She has worked in archives such as: Brock University, the Harry Ransom Centre at the University of Texas at Austin and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 


Panel Speakers

Denise Weir is the Regional Library Consultant at the Government of Manitoba’s Public Library Services Branch (PLSB). PLSB is proud to support NNELS – the National Network for Equitable Library Service. It is a repository of content owned and sustained by Canadian public libraries. NNELS makes copies of books in accessible formats available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities. 

Ken Kuryliw is the Director, Library Services at the Gaynor Family Regional Library in Selkirk.  The new library in Selkirk was build to be barrier free and to exceed the standards set in the Accessibility Act to ensure it's a welcoming community hub for all.  Mr. Kuryliew has a 25 year history in serving all Manitoba library user needs through innovative technology, training and quality public library service. 

Carolyn Minor is the Section Head of the Special Services department at the Millennium Library.  Along with access to NNELS, Winnipeg Public Library also offers access to CELA (Center for Equitable Library Access), formerly CNIB Library Services. Winnipeg Public Library also recently began loaning DAISY readers to customers with print disabilities.