[community] Coordinator, Library Accessibility Services & AODA Advisor

Mohsen Mahjoobnia mm14kl at student.ocadu.ca
Thu Jul 26 20:15:31 UTC 2018


 Coordinator, Library Accessibility Services & AODA Advisor
Requisition ID 2018-3037
Job Category  Library
Department 5386 - Library
Job Status Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range $59,433 - $74,291
More information about this jobOverview

*Term: 6 months*



As a member of Dana Porter Information Services and Resources, the
Coordinator, Library Accessibility Services & AODA Advisor contributes to
the success of students by the coordinating the Library’s support services
for persons* with disabilities and also advises all library staff on
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)-related issues as
they relate to the work library staff do.



* Usually students, but assistance is available to anyone with a disability.



For more information please visit:

https://uwaterloo.ca/library/about/work-library/coordinator-library-accessibility-services-aoda-advisor
Responsibilities

As a Coordinator, Library Accessibility Services & AODA Advisor within the
Library, the incumbent:

   - Supports and advances the Library’s strategic directions to further
   the Library’s contribution to the campus Strategic Plan for learning,
   teaching, and research in the campus community
   - Participates in the Library’s consultations with the campus community
   to develop, implement, coordinate, and review
   initiatives/services/resources that support accessible teaching, learning
   and research
   - Promotes the use of Library services and resources to the campus
   community with an emphasis on persons with disabilities
   - Remains current and conversant with trends and practices within the
   library community related to areas of responsibility by:
      - Maintaining general awareness of trends and developments in AODA
      standards and legislative changes, and Human Rights legislation
related to
      accessibility
      - Maintaining awareness of best practices related to accessibility
      including environmental (universal design & procurement),
customer service
      and educational (universal design for learning) advances
      - Maintaining awareness of advances in accessibility services,
      technologies and resources
      - Participates in Library, TUG, and provincial committees and groups
      such as OCUL Accessibility Community of Practice and the ACE Repository
      Working Group, and fosters collaboration, information sharing,
partnerships
      between departments or groups
      - Participates in professional development in areas of responsibility
      to aid in ongoing knowledge and skills acquisition

As coordinator of Library Accessibility Services and the Adaptive
Technology Centre (ATC), the incumbent:

   - Ensures the library’s services to this diverse group of users
   contributes to their access, use, and understanding of information services
   and resources and the adaptive technologies that work with these resources.
   The incumbent oversees the workings of the Adaptive Technology Centre,
   makes recommendations for improvements to the technology, services, and
   layout of the Centre
   - Develops or modifies service policies and procedures to ensure both
   alignment with Library policies and functionality for Centre’s users in
   consultation with department headsCoordinates the maintenance and updating
   of the physical space and equipment
      - Monitors emerging trends and best practices related to tools and
      technologies that improve accessibility
      - Makes recommendations regarding use of space, equipment, furniture
      - Handles the acquisition, maintenance, use and up grading of
      hardware and software available in the ATC
      - Researches, tests and analyzes and purchases products with
      available donation funds
   - Oversees the use of the space
      - Oversees the online and in house booking of the study rooms
      - Updates and monitors access mechanisms to the centre such as the
      key list and locker keys
      - Monitors access privileges of students and addresses misuse of space
   - Ensures AODA compliance is met in all customer service, communication,
   procurement, environment aspects of the Centre
   - Develops and maintains content for Library Accessibility Services
   website
   - Develops and supports a network of accessibility champions in each of
   the Library’s departments. Champions would have increased knowledge of
   accessibility, facilitate awareness of accessible service provision and
   disseminate accessibility information within the department.
   - Designs and distributes Library Accessibility Services promotional
   materials in consultation with signage committee and communication team
   - Collaborates with the Educational Technologist in AccessAbility
   Services to ensure coordination of support of students moving between
   Accessibility Services and the Library is seamless and complementary nature
   of both services continue to align to best serve the students
   - In carrying out these responsibilities, the incumbent works closely
   with other library staff, particularly those in Circulation, Advancement
   and Library Technology & Facilities Services, campus partners such as the
   Director, AccessAbility Services and external partners such as the
   Accessible Content E-Portal

As the provider of support for persons with disabilities in the Library,
the incumbent:

   - Oversees or processes and troubleshoots alternate format requests for
   all library materials
      - Maintaining and updating processes with other library departments,
      AccessAbility Services and the Accessible Content E-Portal to ensure
      privacy of students and copyright respected
   - Oversees or processes and troubleshoots alternate format requests for
   textbooks
   - Establishing relationships and processes with AccessAbility services,
   publishers and Alternative Education Resources for Ontario to ensure
   student privacy, copyright and publisher requirements are metProvides
   orientation to the use of the Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC)
   - Trains students in use of the hardware and software available in the
   ATC as required
   - Provides one-on-one and small group information service support and
   accessibility targeted instruction related to information seeking
   - Develops, maintain and update online guides for students
   - Serves as liaison for AccessAbility Services students when they come
   to the library
   - Serves as liaison to AccessAbility Services
      - Consults AccessAbility advisors about student issues and concerns
      - Collaborates on orientation activities
      - Attends staff meetings
      - Keeps abreast of with disabilities issues, trends in service
      provision
      - Exchanges information on adaptive equipment
      - Communicates and collaborates regularly with Educational
      Technologist in Accessibility Services related to access enhancing
      technologies and student support
      - Participates in Accessibility outreach activities such as Open
      Doors transition sessions
   - Consults and is consulted regularly by Library Instruction Committee
   and Outreach Committee to support the accessibility of their endeavours
   - Develops and maintains communication channels with all training
   committees and 'accessibility champions’ in the Library

As the AODA advisor in the Library, the incumbent advises all Library
departments, committees, and groups on AODA standards and supports the
standards being met and/or exceeded:

   - Develops and maintains in-depth working knowledge of AODA legislative
   standards and changes to those standards, best practices and emerging issues
   - Communicates legislative updates, changes in practice and emerging
   issues to Library managers and staff
   - Provides leadership and advice on inclusive design for space for
   renovations
   - Uses their AODA knowledge and the adaptive technologies in the Centre
   to provide assessment of or guidelines for assessment of accessibility of
   research resources. Trains others as necessary.
   - Serves as advisor to all Library departments to ensure accessibility
   is considered in the planning and implementation of new and existing
   services, changes to virtual/web environments in the and procurement of new
   equipment and resources
   - Develops, or participates in the development, and leads the
   implementation of user needs assessments when related to persons with
   disabilities. Aids in creating recommendations reports and ensures
   communication of findings. This is done in collaboration with others in the
   library with expertise in user needs assessment
   - Provides orientation to Adaptive Technology Centre to all new library
   staff
   - Develops, maintain and update AODA toolkit for library staff
   - Serves as a member of appropriate renovation and other committees,
   working groups as needed

Provides inclusive library instruction to persons with disabilities, and
inclusive instruction training and support to Liaison Librarians and others
throughout the Library involved in instruction/ training:

   - Provides tailored library instruction sessions for persons with
   disabilities through AccessAbility Services or other appropriate venues
   - Provides inclusive instruction/ universal design for learning training
   for Liaison Librarians and all other Library staff involved in instruction
   - Assists Liaison Librarians and others in developing and implementing
   class accommodations for persons with disabilities in Library-based and
   classroom-based instruction sessions

Collaboratively develops, designs and delivers training related to AODA
compliance and best practices for all Library staff:

   - Develops library-specific, face-to-face AODA training sessions for
   various target audiences within the Library including all permanent and
   contract staff, casual staff and volunteers, those teaching others, and
   service, policy and procedure developers. These sessions will complement
   and enhance existing campus AODA requirements
   - Works in collaboration with department heads and departmental training
   committees or champions to implement regular training and refresher
   opportunities
   - Ensures AODA compliance through training, advice to department heads
   and accessibility champions and monitoring of completion of modules and
   transfer of the results to Director of Organizational Services

Provides general information services and research assistance at various
service points including the Adaptive Technology Centre, library
information service points, AssessAbility Services:

   - Assists patrons in locating library resources and services as well as
   campus information
   - Instructs patrons in the use of library resources and services
   - Participates in relevant committees and training initiatives as
   appropriate

Participates in the general success of the ISR Department and Library:

   - Participates in working groups and special projects as required
   - Participates or coaches others in the testing and adoption of new
   services and service delivery platforms with respect to accessibility

Qualifications

   - Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience required
   - Proven excellent communication skills, both oral and written,
   including de-escalation skills are required
   - Proven ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and working
   relationships across multiple and diverse organizations, and across levels
   within organizations from specialist to executive level
   - Experience providing services for or working with persons with
   disabilities is required
   - The successful candidate will have a high level of comfort with
   technology including:
      - the ability and aptitude to learn and use new technologies to
      enhance and deliver information services
      - knowledge of current trends, best practices, tools and technologies
      related to accessibility
      - experience with adaptive tools and technologies that support
      persons with disabilities in libraries
      - experience in website maintenance and content development best
      practice
      - using inclusive/universal design for learning and usability testing
      knowledge
   - Knowledge of AODA accessibility standards and their implementation in
   Libraries, as well as basic knowledge of copyright as it relates to persons
   with disabilities is required
   - Demonstrated ability to interact with all staff and patrons in a
   respectful and sensitive manner
   - Proven ability to work effectively in a service oriented environment,
   which values collaboration and collegiality
   - The successful candidate will be a proven self-starter with
   demonstrated commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence
   - Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively,
   lead, plan, coordinate, implement and assess effective services, including
   managing multiple and simultaneous projects is required
   - The successful incumbent will have experience instructing one-on-one
   and in small groups as well as staff training experience
   - Must have a strong understanding of space use, universal design and
   development in an inclusive manner
   - Ability to identify new service and engagement opportunities and to
   collaborate with library managers and colleagues on the feasibility,
   development and sustainability of new services and programs is required
   - Knowledge of disability issues, promotion & marketing design and
   implementation, and of ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal) and AERO
   (Alternative Education Resources Ontario) are assets
   - Experience with information service delivery in person or virtually is
   an asset
   - The successful candidate will be required to complete a vulnerable
   sector check as part of the recruitment process



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*Mohsen Mahjoobnia (Moisen), *

Inclusive Integration and Virtual Reality Entrepreneur,

MDes, Inclusive Design, OCAD University.

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