A Can’t-Miss Webinar for librarians from public libraries and academic libraries, as well as school librarians/teacher-librarians and library school students—anyone who plans online Information Literacy courses. This is particularly critical in the current crisis when information seeking, and many library services have moved to a virtual environment.

The joint webinar from the IFLA Information Literacy (IL) Section and Library Services to People with Special Needs (LSN) Section on “Using Universal Design for Learning to Enhance Information Literacy Programs: Online and in the Library”  was aired live in opposite time zones to accommodate participants in different parts of the world.

The intended audience includes, but is not limited to, any librarians planning Information Literacy courses, librarians providing online user training, library school students, and school librarians. Sign up to gain insights and actionable practices that can be put in place!

Please note:  links to speaker PowerPoint presentations are listed with speaker bios. Links to transcripts, supplementary materials, and YouTube videos follow the speaker bios.

Webinar I
  • Date: Sept 16, 2020 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  14:00 Eastern Time Zone in New York (18:00 Universal Time Coordinated/Greenwich Mean Time)
  • Welcome remarks delivered by Min Chou, Chair, IFLA Information Literacy Section

Webinar II

  • Date: Sept 23, 2020 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 10:00 Hong Kong Time (02:00 UTC/GMT)
  • Welcome remarks delivered by Nancy Bolt, Chair, IFLA Library Services to People with Special Needs Section.

Both webinars were recorded and made available for delayed viewing.

World Class Speakers of the Topic

Webinar I:

  • Dr. Gihan (Gigi) Mohamad, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA.  Dr. Mohammad teaches instructional design to pre-service educators.  Mohamad Presentation
  • Ms. Caroline Smith, the Inclusive Services Consultant at the South Carolina State Library, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.  Dr. Smith focuses on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within libraries and provides support to public library staff.  Smith Presentation
  • Ms. Renee Grassi, Youth Services Manager at Dakota County Library, Eagan, Minnesota, USA is an author, blogger, speaker, trainer, and advocate for people with disabilities.  She is a founding member of SNAILS, an Illinois networking group dedicated to developing more accessible libraries to children and teens with disabilities. Grassi Presentation

Webinar II:

  • Dr. Clayton A. Copeland, Director of the Laboratory for Leadership in Equity of Access and Diversity at the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Dr. Copeland’s research and teaching focus on universal design and equity of access to information for people with disabilities and other underserved populations. 
  • Prof. Carli Spina, Associate Professor and Head of Research & Instructional Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Prof. Spina is coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities and has extensive experience in projects related to accessibility, inclusion, universal design, and user experience.
  • Dr. Kim M. Thompson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communication, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.  Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on the relationship between information access and social inclusion.

Transcript Webinar I

Transcript Webinar II  Please note:  Transcript begins approximately 11 minutes into the presentation.

IFLA LSN IL Joint Webinars Useful References & Websites

YouTube video Webinar I

YouTube video of Webinar II

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

Captioning will be available online

Privacy and Data Protection

Please note the event will be recorded.  You can review the IFLA Data Protection Policy and the Zoom Privacy Statement prior to registering.

If you have any additional questions about data protection or privacy, contact IFLA at [email protected].


For questions about the webinar content or if you have access needs (i.e., visual impairment, dyslexia, deafness, language) please contact:  Helen Chan, LSN Secretary, [email protected].

Additional questions?  Contact Helen Chan, LSN Secretary, [email protected].