Having equal access to the Library's physical and virtual environments, resources, and services is important for all members of the UW community. It has been over a decade since the Library first opened the Adaptive Technology Centre as an ongoing collaboration with the Office for Persons with Disabilities. Since then, the Library has established a significant number of accessible features and services for its patrons. Also included in the Library's commitment to persons with disabilities is an accessibility plan that follows guidelines established by the Council of Ontario Universities in compliance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) 2001. The Library's Accessibility Plan contains tasks and goals for improving and renewing its physical space, virtual space, services, resources, and staff awareness. [full article - Library Accessibility]
The Ross and Doris Dixon Foundation has created an Adaptive Technology Fund to assist with purchasing equipment and furnishings that enhance the Library's services to persons with disabilities. The inaugural purchase by the Library is a desktop colour video magnifier to be used by patrons with low vision. This replaces the 15-year-old Closed Circuit TV print magnifier in the Adaptive Technology Centre. [full article - Adaptive Tech Fund]
American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900 features a digitized collection of over 1,481 American journals and magazines from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Information presented in this database ranges from Colonial Times to the United States' interest in the affairs leading to World War II. Included in this database are special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and other periodicals spanning over 200 years of American history. [full article - American Periodicals Series Online]
MIT CogNet Library is a searchable database with material relevant for psychology and cognitive sciences. Additionally, this database supports the learning, teaching, and research specifically for the area of Cognitive Psychology. It contains abstracts and full-text entries of journal articles and conference materials provided by MIT Press. Other publications available from MIT CogNet Library include books, a reference collection, and OpenCourseWare links. [full article - MIT CogNet Library]
Here on contract (until August 2005), Charlotte Woodley is a Project Archivist with the Library's Special Collections Department. [full article - Charlotte Woodley]
From March 27 to April 21, the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries will have longer hours to accommodate student study needs. [full article - Extended Hours]
The annual UW Authors Event hosted by the Library is scheduled for May 17, 2005. An integral part of the event is the display of published works by UW authors, artists, and musicians. This year's display will feature work produced in 2004. If you have written a book, play, musical score, or had your work exhibited, the Library would like to hear from you. Please contact Cheryl Kieswetter in the Library Office (ext. 32281).
Created by staff in the University Map and Design Library (UMD), the 2001 Census Maps for the Kitchener CMA web page provides access to a series of digital census maps for the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge, as well as the townships of Woolwich and North Dumfries. [full article - Census Maps]