Our CAPAL Member Profile for March is Mark Weiler, Web & User Experience Librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I’m a runner. Currently, I’m training for a half-marathon in Ottawa. Ottawa is a fantastic city and there’s nothing better than running alongside incredibly determined people.
If you could visit any library in the world, which one would it be and why?
National Library of Sweden. I’d need a tour guide, but would love to see the original source materials from 18th century when Sweden adopted the worlds first freedom of press and access to information act.
Tell us about someone whose work you admire.
I’m currently reading Michael Gorman’s « Our Own Selves: More Meditation for Librarians ». One of the things I like about librarianship is the breadth of knowledge it requires. Gorman’s work touches on a lot of topics.
What are your research interests?
I’m interested in freedom of information laws from the perspective of its usability. I’m also interested in drawing out the implications of web accessibility through a close reading of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It’s not a perfect text and certainly open to a critical reading; but there is a considerable amount to learn from it.
Weigh in: is CAPAL pronounced ‘capple’ or ‘ca-pal’?
CApple. Apple knowledge.
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