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VIVA: 2023 VIVA Community Forum

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

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2023 VIVA Community Forum

Accessibility, Usability, and Inclusion 

March 23, 2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Virtual) 






Renee Grassi


Author, trainer, teacher,

and library accessibility consultant


Library Accessibility: What I Didn't Learn in Library School



Renee Grassi is a recognized leader and advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in libraries, schools, and communities. Renee has worked in public libraries for over 15 years, developing award-winning library programs that welcome, support, and serve disabled residents and their families and caregivers. More recently, she taught at St. Catherine’s University as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Program of Library and Information Science. Renee is currently the Library Director at the Lake Bluff Public Library in Lake Bluff, Illinois.


Time Session
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Welcome & VIVA Update 

Genya O' Gara, Acting VIVA Director 

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM

Keynote: Library Accessibility: What I Didn't Learn in Library School

Renee Grassi - Library Director, Lake Bluff Public Library 

11:05 AM - 11:55 AM

Member TalksSession

Usability: Can one discovery tool meet everyone's needs?

Speakers: Jane Bartley and Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger (Virginia Military Institute)

The Constitution for Babies: Incorporating Children's Books into an Academic Law Library

Speakers: Devan Orr and Joanna Quint (William & Mary)

Creating Accessibility Champions

Speaker: James Rhoades (Virginia Tech)

Spicing It Up in Southside Virginia: The SALSA Library Network

Speaker: Brent Roberts (Longwood University)

11:55 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap Up

Loftan Hooker (VCU), Chair of the VIVA Outreach Event Planning Committee