Equinox Presents on Open Source Accessibility at WOLFCon 2023

WOLFcon 2023. Chicago, IL. August 22-24

Atlanta, GA, August 21, 2023: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is excited to announce that Equinox will be presenting an overview of Equinox’s accessible theme for VuFind® at WOLFCon 2023. Equinox staff members Stephanie Leary and Andrea Buntz Neiman will present, “Layers of Accessibility in Open Source,” on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 11:30am-12:00pm CDT. WOLFCon 2023 is a hybrid conference hosted this year in Chicago, Illinois. For full details about the conference please visit: https://openlibraryfoundation.org/about/wolfcon/upcoming/.

“Equinox has developed an attractive new theme to VuFind® with a focus on accessibility, which is a priority for us across all of the library open source products Equinox supports,” said Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development at Equinox. “As a VuFind® Registered Service Provider, we look forward to sharing these best practices with the community at WOLFCon.”

VuFind® is an open source discovery layer developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. The Equinox theme for VuFind® offers an inviting, responsive, and user-friendly interface designed to meet WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliance. Interactive controls have been refined within the theme for interoperability with assistive technologies. To learn more and to download the theme please visit: https://github.com/EquinoxOpenLibraryInitiative/equinox-theme-vufind

“The Equinox theme for VuFind® provides an accessible, user-friendly discovery layer for libraries seeking the robust functionality of VuFind® with a fresh design ,” said Stephanie Leary, Front End Developer at Equinox. “We look forward with excitement to our WOLFCon presentation and the opportunity to collaborate with everyone there around this important effort.”

WOLFCon is organized by the Open Library Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the availability, accessibility, and sustainability of open source and open access projects for and by libraries.

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About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the successor to Equinox Software, Inc. Equinox’s mission as a nonprofit is to promote and support a thriving ecosystem for open source library communities in order to provide libraries worldwide with innovative, affordable, and sustainable open source solutions. We are devoted to reducing barriers to library technology and services, expanding library access to open source software, and providing high quality technology, consulting, and support services.To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org.

About VuFind®
VuFind® is an open source discovery product for libraries and archives developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. VuFind® enables library users to discover the entirety of libraries’ collections, including catalog records, journals, digital items, and more. Search results are retrieved quickly, often in a fraction of the time of an OPAC search. VuFind® is open source and customizable—the interface may be configured to best meet users’ needs. For more information on VuFindⓇ visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/vufind/.