Making Your Work Accessible Online

What is Web Accessibility? Web Accessibility is the ability for individuals with vision, hearing, cognitive, and mobility disabilities to access web content online via their preferred methods. WCAG defines web content as: Natural information such as text, images, and sounds Code or markup that defines structure, presentation, etc. The essential components of web accessibility include: […]

Automated Live Captions for Virtual and In-Person Meetings

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we are starting to think about what life will look like with a return of in-person services, meetings, and events. Many of us are considering what lessons we want to keep from our time conducting these activities online to make the return to in-person as inclusive as possible. […]

Library e-Book Usability

Since the onset of the pandemic in March, e-Books have occupied a position of higher importance in library collections. They allow for the easy circulation of library resources without patrons ever needing to enter the library building thus possibly infecting our staff or vice versa. This shift to e-Books was swift and now the library […]

Review: Don’t Make Me Think Revisited

Don’t Make Me Think Revisited by Steve Krug  is yet another updated classic available at Scholarly Commons and online as an e-book. Steve Krug of Advanced Common Sense talks about usability, which he defines as when “A person of average (or even below average) ability and experience can figure out how to use the thing […]

See your Website or Software App from the User’s Perspective

Increasingly, Computer Scientists, Social Scientists, Designers, and Developers have been conducting research in human-computer interaction (HCI). This trend has become so pervasive that Stanford University is now offering a free online course in HCI. One of the main tools of HCI is usability testing. While usability testing comes out of a broader design perspective and […]

Try your hand at iPhone and iPad app development

The Undergraduate Library is hosting two workshops in December to help the campus community get started with app development. The beginners workshop will take place on December 6th, Room 289, Undergraduate Library, 6:30-8:00pm. The advanced workshop will take place December 7th, in Room 289, Undergraduate Library 6:30-8:00pm. More details and registration information are available at […]

Researchers access library on the go

The library continues to enhance its mobile website. Researchers can now access the following features at http://m.library.illinois.edu with a mobile Web browser: Searching the library catalog & requesting materials. Renewing materials on your account & checking request status. Locating material on physical or electronic reserve (the ability to read PDFs of e-reserve documents will vary, […]