The Library Publishing Coalition is committed to providing an inclusive environment at the Library Publishing Forum, and we will do our best to accommodate requests for special assistance. This page describes the accessibility features of the conference, to help you make an informed decision about whether the conference will be accessible to you. Please contact us if your question is not answered here, or if the conference arrangements as described are not enough to allow you to attend. We will work with you to the best of our ability, to make the conference accessible. Please note that the venue information in this list pertains to the McNamara Alumni Center, where the main Forum (5/22 and 5/23) is taking place. Pre- and post-conference activities are being held in different spaces – please contact us for more information.

How do I communicate accessibility needs to Library Publishing Forum organizers?

If you are ready to register for the conference, please note on the registration form where it states, “Please indicate any accommodations you require to participate fully in the Forum.” You can use that to let us know how we can make the Forum accessible to you. If you aren’t yet ready to register, or are determining whether attendance is feasible for you, please email us at contact@librarypublishing.org. The earlier we know what kind of support you need to attend, the more likely it is that we will be able to provide it, so please reach out as soon as possible!

Who do I ask if my question is not answered here?

Email contact@librarypublishing.org with questions and accommodation requests.

Will sign language interpretation or captioning be available? What about an induction loop in the meeting rooms?

As a small conference (typically between 100 and 200 people), we do not routinely provide sign language interpretation and other accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing. However, we may be able to do so with enough notice! Please reach out to us as early as possible and let us know how we can support your attendance.

I’m a nursing mother. Will there be a dedicated lactation space?

Yes! The Big 10 room in the McNamara Center will function as a lactation space. The room is in the main conference space and located next to the restrooms. It will be open from 8 AM-5 PM each day of the conference. The room will be locked and is available to one person at a time. See event staff for access.

Will there be a prayer/meditation space available?

Yes! While we will not have a dedicated space for this purpose, we will be able to arrange for a private space if needed. Please email us about your needs or speak to event staff on site.

Where can I find information about getting around on campus?

Check out this cool Twin Cities Interactive Campus Map!  It includes information about campus bus routes, walking and biking routes/lanes, all contract and public parking, public restrooms and lactation spaces, dining facilities, and accessible entrances/transportation.

What are the taxi and public transport options for getting to the conference venue?

MetroTransit: GoTo Cards

  • Metro Transit recommends the 7-Day pass for anyone who’d like unlimited rides on the Light Rail or City Buses for the duration of the Forum. You can order a Go-To pass online and have it mailed to you before you depart.
  • You can take the light rail Blue Line from the Airport to the US Bank Stadium stop, then transfer to the Green Line. The Green Line East Bank stop is in front of the Graduate Hotel.

MetroTransit: Metro Mobility

  • Metro Mobility is a shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Rides are provided for any purpose.

MetroTransit: Trip Planner

  • The Trip Planner tool allows you to enter your departure, destination, time of day, and returns results showing how to use transit to get there.

MSP Airport Ground Transportation

  • The airport has access not only to the light rail, but also provides a full complement of taxi and van pool services. Permitted Uber and Lyft drivers are also allowed to serve the airport.

Who can I ask about accessibility in the Twin Cities?

The University of Minnesota’s Disability Resources Center (which is housed in the conference venue) includes in its charge “guests” of the University. The Center would be a great place to start for anyone with specific concerns about accessibility in the Twin Cities or on campus.

Can a volunteer assist me during the conference?

Yes! We would be happy to match you up with a volunteer. As with other accommodations, the more advance notice we have, the better.

What is the conference space like? Will it be accessible by wheelchair or power scooter?

The main conference is taking place at the McNamara Alumni Center, and all conference rooms are on the first floor. All entrances to the building are accessible, and there is a tunnel connected to the parking ramp. (As mentioned above, the University of Minnesota’s Disability Resources Center has offices in the McNamara building!)

What are the restroom facilities like?

There are men’s and women’s restrooms available in the conference space, as well as two gender-neutral restrooms. All restrooms are ADA-compliant.

What are the arrangements for presenters with accessibility needs?

Presenters in the main room will be on a stage that is accessible by ramp. Please contact us with any specific accessibility needs related to presentations.

Can I bring my guide dog?

Service animals are welcome in the McNamara Center.

Can I attend the conference virtually?

We are planning to livestream many sessions via Twitter, and will coordinate community notetaking on sessions via openly-available Google Docs.

How much walking or standing will be needed?

The main conference sessions will all take place in the McNamara center, and plenary and breakout spaces will all be very close together. We will have seating for all sessions. The reception on the 22nd will take place at the Weisman Art Museum. The Weisman is a brief walk from the McNamara, but the shuttle from the connected hotel goes directly to the basement level parking garage of the Weisman, where there is an elevator to the reception level.

Will speakers and audience members asking questions be using a microphone?

Except in very small rooms (under 20 people), we will have microphones for presenters and audience members, and will encourage everyone to use them.

What food service will be provided? Can the conference accommodate special dietary needs?

We will provide breakfast and lunch both days, and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the reception. We always make sure to have lots of vegetarian options, and we regularly provide vegan and gluten free meals for attendees who request them. We may be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions, as well, but please let us know your needs as soon as possible.

Will the conference be a smoke-free environment?

Yes.

What if I have a medical emergency or health problem during the conference?

There will be a first aid kit available at the registration desk, and the McNamara Center has two defibrillators on site. The University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health East Bank Clinic is close to the McNamara and the Graduate Hotel, and offers a list of after-hours care options on its website.

FAQs based on: http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/creating-a-conference-accessibility-faq-page/