Technology Tips: Chrome Extensions for Accessibility

Via Control Alt Achievement:

This article lists 21 great Chrome extensions that can be used to extend accessibility for library users. Although it was written with students specifically in mind, I think many of these extensions can work for library users of all ages.

Personal favorites:

  • BeeLine Reader – transforms webpages by removing distracting ads and images, and also changes text with a color gradient that helps keep lines readable.
  • High Contrast – changes the backgrounds of webpages to increase contrast or change to grayscale. I love being able to change the backgrounds/font colors on my Kindle for better readability, and having this extension means you can do it for all webpages as well.
  • Click-Free Browsing – for people who are having trouble clicking a mouse or trackpad button. As a former caregiver for a Parkinson’s patient, this extension would have been amazing for her!

Reader’s Advisory: Documentary Films Worth Watching [SPORTS/DANCE]

Documentaries are one of my favorite kinds of films to watch! This is a non-exhaustive list of docs recommended by myself and some of my fellow librarians. My personal faves will be marked with a *.

Article of Interest: “Degendering the Nature of Customer Service”

“Degendering the Nature of Customer Service”

Although this article was written by and about baristas, I think it has a lot of crossover applications to all customer service jobs, including library workers. How often have we accidentally misgendered a patron, and felt horribly after? To me, it’s like calling someone by the wrong name after you’ve already been introduced – names have power, and meaning, and to not take that seriously is disrespectful. The same goes for a person’s gender expression.

Some good non-gendered terms to use with library patrons:

  • friend
  • pal
  • y’all
  • yinz (for my SW PA pals!)
  • everyone
  • folks
  • bud
  • library denizens