Katya Pereyaslavska (M.A., M.I.) is currently seconded to the Association of Research Libraries as a Visiting Program Officer for Accessibility and Universal Design and tasked with raising awareness of inclusive library practices and accessible publishing. In her day-to day role as the Librarian for accessibility projects at Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Katya has been responsible for the development of initiatives such as the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE), Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries and the Report on Accessible Media (ROAM). Dedicated to leadership and project management, Katya is in the process of completing her PMP certification as a project manager as well as learning how to be a library leader at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. Dedicated to mentorship, Katya has offered a series of workshops and training sessions at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, helping future professionals to develop core competencies fit for 21st century librarianship.
To find out more about what Katya is up to, you can follow her on Twitter @Socialbrarian or drop her a line via email katya [at] @scholarsportal.info.
Libraries as Publishers – Accessible Open AccessOctober 15, 2015
As the Visiting Program Officer with the Association of Research Libraries, I have worked on a number of accessibility-related projects and produced a series of publications on the subject of digital inclusivity. One of my recent articles as dedicated to libraries as publishers, linking accessibility, Open Access (OA) and the future of the digital book →
Emerging Librarian Competencies: Accessibility as a Core CompetencySeptember 15, 2015
I believe that there are a number of core competencies which all librarians should be encouraged to develop, and they include accessibility. →
Leadership and the Development of Library Accessibility PoliciesJuly 15, 2015
This year I have had the pleasure to be a part of a hiring committee for a new librarian position and, rolling up my sleeves, I embraced this opportunity to help recruit the best candidate we could find (and that we did). In the process of preparing our interview questions, the committee included a question →
Elevator Speech on AccessibilityNovember 16, 2014
How to build a website? How to build an engaging website? How to build an engaging website that is also accessible? How to build an engaging website that is accessible and send out accessible promotions about it? Themes of accessibility have been slowly permeating library conference programs and committee agendas. IT, public services, collection development →
Writer-in-residence: Current accommodation practices for accessible texts across OCULSeptember 1, 2013
When I started working with the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) project in 2012, my first priority was to understand how OCUL schools were similar and how they differed with respect to how student requests for accessible texts were accommodated. Many virtual as well as in-person conversations later, I was amazed to see that while the →
Writer-in-residence: A report on the Guelph Accessibility ConferenceJune 1, 2013
This year’s annual Guelph University Accessibility Conference took place on May 28-29, allowing its attendees to experience the beautiful green campus in full bloom. Despite the heavy downpour on day one, the conference was well attended and the diversity of sessions offered made for some very difficult choices. Below are a few highlights of sessions →
Writer-in-residence: Innovative approaches to inclusivityMay 1, 2013
InsideOCULA‘s first writer-in-residence is Katya Pereyaslavska, project manager of the Accessible Texts Repository at OCUL’s Scholar’s Portal. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s iSchool with two years experience working as a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Chicago, and →