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Making it Work: Accessibility in the Library

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:06 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Library, in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Coast Library hosted a half day mini conference on January 24, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event, Making it Work: Accessibility in the Library, was open to all library staff and faculty and featured three guest presenters: Jamie Stanfield, Science, Nursing and Health Librarian and Assistant Professor at USM Gulf Coast Library; Jamie Olson, Interpreter Training Technology instructor at MGCCC and religious programs director at the de l’Epee Deaf Center; and Aimee McGehee, Student Support Coordinator at MGCCC.

In her session “Graphic Medicine”, Jamie Stanfield spoke of her work in the emerging genre of graphic medicine and health literacy and covered the benefits and potential pitfalls of adding graphic medicine materials to library collections. Jamie Olson presented “American Sign Language for Librarians”, in which participants were instructed in basic signs that are helpful for those working with library patrons. Aimee McGehee guided participants through a dialogue on common accessibility issues and led group activities which sought to simulate the difficulties that special needs populations may experience in library settings.

Conference participants enjoyed breakfast and interactive presentations, which included games, questions, and group activities. Facilitator and host Shake DeLozier, MGCCC Librarian stated, “We really hope to make this an annual event. We want to continue to foster collaboration between all the Gulf Coast libraries.” Regarding the mini-conference attendance, Jamie Stanfield noted, “It was great to see so many staff members attend, and the audience engagement was awesome!”

Submitted by
Jamie Stanfield

Science, Nursing and Health Librarian

The University of Southern Mississippi



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