Panopto: Scheduled Downtime

On Saturday, June 25th 2022, the Panopto Cloud will be updated with the latest features and improvements. These updates will require downtime. We expect up to 3 hours of downtime, with a target start time of 9:00pm EDT.During the downtime, you will not be able to access videos on your Panopto site and any attempts to upload from recording clients will result in a “Server unable to connect” message.For any questions, please contact Panopto Support online at support.panopto.com or email support@panopto.com.

RESOLVED: Helfarian Internet Outage: June 6, 2022

Update, 8:13pm: Internet service in Helfarian has been restored. Thank you for your patience. Please report any issues to the Help Desk.


This evening, a piece of equipment failed and Helfarian is currently without internet access. LITS is working to find a replacement for the equipment and restore service as soon as possible. We apologize any inconvenience.

Please contact the Help Desk with any questions: 610-526-7440 or help@brynmawr.edu.

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 7: Accessible Tables

When using a table in your document, it’s important to create an accessible one. To create an accessible table, you must use the in-built table tool for it to be accessible. Do not draw a table!

Screen reader users do not see the entire table at once, but instead navigate tables cell by cell. For this reason, the table must be programmed correctly so that the headings are read out when someone enters a cell. In the example table “Dogs’ Age and Weight” when a user navigates to the cell that reads “30 lbs.” the screen reader will announce “Fluffy, weight, 30lbs,” so the person will understand the data in context.

Table 1 Dogs’ Age and Weight

Dog’s Name Age Weight
Fluffy 4 30 lbs.
Spot 2 10 lbs.

 

If a table is not programmed correctly, a screen reader user will just hear “30lbs” and will not know what it is in reference to.

Similarly, tables should be simple and logical.

Simple: Don’t use split cells or merged cells or merge two tables together. An accessible table should have one header row across (Dog’s Name, Age, Weight) and one header row vertically (Fluffy, Spot) and a simple grid layout. Anything beyond this will be difficult to make accessible to a screen reader.

Logical: Sometimes people use tables to create a specific look or layout to their document rather than to display data. Here is an example:

Grades

A + = 100-95 B = 84-80
A= 95-90 C+ = 79-75
B + = 89-85 C= 74-70

 

This table is “illogical” because it is not a true table. This table is used to layout information, but not to display data. A screen reader would read the cell that says “C= 74-70″ as “B =84-80, B+=89-85, C =74-70.” In short, it would not make sense to the user. In a case liike this, it is best to list these grades out using a list.

To learn how to make an accessible table, follow these instructions.

Please go to the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Moodle page and complete the Week 7 activity to get this week’s clue!

Change to EZBorrow Login Method

Great news! Starting today, community members will now use their College username and password to login to and request books from EZborrow rather than their OneCard barcode. Please note that you will also be presented with a Duo prompt after you enter your credentials.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email circulation@brynmawr.edu.

 

Emergency Maintenance on Moodle – Tuesday, Mar 22

LITS will be performing emergency maintenance on Moodle at 8 PM on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. The upgrade will address security vulnerabilities. The upgrade should last less than 10 minutes, and people who are already logged in should experience minimal disruption during that time.

Please contact the Help Desk with any questions or concerns: help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 6: Descriptive Hyperlinks

Just as people who use screen readers can skim pages by navigating via headings, so too can they navigate through a document just by links. This picture shows someone using the router feature in VoiceOver (a screen reader). On this webpage the user has used the router to isolate all the links, so then they can use their up and down arrows to go through the list of links to see which link they would like to navigate to.

VoiceOver roter listing the links for a webpage.

If links have vague titles like “click here” or “link” then the screen reader user does not know what the link means, because they cannot see the link in context. Similarly, if links are non-descriptive, long URLs that can be confusing to listen to also.

To sidestep these issues, create descriptive links. For example, instead of https://www.brynmawr.edu/ create a hyperlink that says Bryn Mawr College Homepage.

To create a hyperlink, write the descriptive name for the hyperlink. Then right click on it, click link, and copy and paste the URL in the appropriate box.

Check out this page for more guidance on creating hyperlinks.

To get this week’s clue, complete the activity listed under Week 6 in the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Moodle page.

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 5: Bulleted Lists vs Numbered Lists

When a person who uses a screen reader approaches a list, the screen reader will announce that there is a list and will announce what kind of list it is- a bulleted or numbered list. For this reason, it’s important to use the in-built bulleted list and numbered list formatting options in Word to make lists. If you try to manually make lists by using hyphens for bullets or by writing your own numbers, the screen reader will not recognize the list and instead will read everything out like a paragraph, which can be confusing for a listener.

Bulleted Lists

Bulleted lists should be used when the order of the items is not important. For example, if you were listing items on a shopping list, these items would be listed using bullets.

Numbered Lists

Numbered lists are for when items must be in a specific order. For example, steps to follow on a recipe card would be listed using numbered list.

Read this article for how to make a bulleted or numbered list in Microsoft Word.

Go to the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Moodle page and complete the Week 5 challenge to get this week’s clue.

Interlibrary Loan and EZBorrow During Spring Break (3/7-3/11)

The Interlibrary Loan/EZBorrow office will be closed the week of Spring Break (Monday, March 7-Friday, March 11).  We will continue sending requests for EZBorrow and regular ILL items to other libraries throughout this time, and if we receive articles from other libraries during the break, these will be forwarded to you via the ILLiad system as usual.

Books and other physical items received from other libraries will not be available for pickup until Monday, March 14.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at bmcill@brynmawr or (610) 526-5278 before Friday, March 4 or library@brynmawr.edu.