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Wednesday, May 12 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Diversity Forum: Accessibility in Art Libraries

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Join ARLIS/NA Diversity and Inclusion Committee presenters Shannon Finnegan and Cyree Johnson as they explore the issue of accessibility in art libraries. Our presenters are artists and activists who provide workshops on ways libraries can be more inclusive. Shannon will address visual impairments and cognitive disabilities through a reframing of alt-text as a type of poetry and practice. Cyree will examine how libraries think of disabled patrons and colleagues and ways these spaces can embrace all members of the library. The Diversity Forum is hosted by the ARLIS/NA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Shannon Finnegan is a multidisciplinary artist making work about accessibility and disability culture. They have done projects with Banff Centre, Friends of the High Line, Tallinn Art Hall, Nook Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. They have spoken about their work at the Brooklyn Museum, School for Poetic Computation, The 8th Floor, and The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. In 2018, they received a Wynn Newhouse Award and participated in Art Beyond Sight’s Art + Disability Residency. In 2019, they were an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam. Their work has been written about in C Magazine, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and the New York Times. They live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a writer and librarian from Piscataway, New Jersey. He holds an MSLIS from Drexel University, an MFA from Columbia University, and a BA from Hampshire College. He is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at Pratt Institute Libraries. SLINGSHOT, Johnson’s first collection of poetry, was released in 2019 by Nightboat Books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rewire News, Boston Review, Vice, and The Root. He has delivered lectures, recited poetry, and facilitated workshops at The White House, Whitney Museum of American Art, Interplanetary Festival, Performance Space NYC, and TEDxColumbia as well as colleges, youth groups, prisons, churches, and community spaces. His work has been supported by grants and scholarships from Leeway Foundation, Astraea's Global Arts Fund, CultureStrike, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, and Columbia University.

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Resources shared during the session
www.cyreejarellejohnson.com
https://shannonfinnegan.com/
https://www.wellcertified.com/
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2020086-eng.htm
https://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/
https://www.stalled.online/standards
https://alt-text-as-poetry.net/
https://www.tpgi.com/color-contrast-checker/
https://www.instagram.com/p/CHxssdhMTM-/
https://www.grackledocs.com/how-it-works-grackles-slides/
https://www.color-blindness.com/coblis-color-blindness-simulator/
https://designmattersatartcenter.org/proj/reimagining-access-inclusive-technology-design-for-archives-and-special-collections/overview/
http://www.accesstext.org/
https://www.bookshare.org/cms/
https://www.libraryfutures.net/
https://www.librarystack.org/
Brightspace from D2L
The WAVE app, tota11y plug in, and spectrum


Moderators
avatar for Carla-Mae Crookendale

Carla-Mae Crookendale

Arts Research Librarian, Assistant Professor, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
avatar for K. Sarah Ostrach

K. Sarah Ostrach

Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, Yale University

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Finnegan

Shannon Finnegan

Multidisciplinary artist
avatar for Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian, Pratt Institute Libraries


Wednesday May 12, 2021 4:15pm - 5:30pm EDT