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Axel Schmetzke

Reference & Coordination of Instruction
IMC K-12 Collection
Liaison to Education, Psychology & Sociology

Email: aschmetz@uwsp.edu | Phone: 715-346-4658

Education
Instruction
Experience
Publications
Presentations
Memberships & Distinctions
 

 Education

 

M.L.I.S. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Library and Information Science (1998)

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Educational Policy Studies (1993)

M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Behavioral Disabilities (1979)

Education, Diplom & Staatsexamen (with distinction)

  • Philipps Universitat Marburg (Germany - 1978)

Ph.D. Dissertation: Paternalism and respect: Resolving an ethical dilemma in the treatment of severely mentally retarded people (1993).

 

 Instruction

 
 

 Experience

 

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (University Library)

  • Professor (2006- )
  • Associate Professor (2001-2006)
  • Assistant Professor (1998-2001)
    • Head of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) and the Library’s Multimedia Lab
    • Coordinator of library/bibliographic instruction
    • Reference Librarian
    • Liaison to Education, Psychology and Sociology

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Department of Educational Policy Studies)

  • Honorary Fellow/Instructor (1994–95; 1997-98)

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Department of Educational Foundations)

  • Academic Staff (1995–97)

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Department of Special Education and School Psychology)

  • Assistant Professor (1993–94)

Prince William Sound Community College (Valdez, Alaska)

  • Instructor (Adjunct Faculty) and Research Associate (1987–1990)

Valdez City Schools (Valdez, Alaska)

  • Special Education Teacher (1988–1991)

Harborview Developmental Center (Valdez, Alaska)

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional/Unit Supervisor (1986–1988)

Lower Kuskokwim School District (Bethel, Alaska)

  • Teacher (1985–1986)

Cooperative Educational Service Agency  (Fennimore, Wisconsin)

  • Speech and Language Clinician (1984–85)

University of Wisconsin-Madison (Department of Educational Policy Studies)

  • Graduate Assistant (1980–84; 1992–93)
 

 Publications

 

David Comeaux and Axel Schmetzke, "Accessibility of academic library web sites in North America: Current status and trends (2002-2012)." Library Hi Tech, 31(1), 2013: 8-33.

"Gone Solar—a One-Year Retrospective." HOOPLA (Central Wisconsin), February 1013: 14-16. Online version available at http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/pubs/Solar2013/Gone_Solar.htm.

Axel Schmetzke and David Comeaux, "Accessibility Trends among Academic Library and Library Schools Websites in the USA and Canada." Journal of Access Services. 6(1-2), 2009: 137-152.

"Online Accessibility and Leadership: a Critical View at the American Library Association." Information Technologies and Disabilities, 12(1) 2008. Available at http://people.rit.edu/easi/itd/itdv12n1/schmetzke.htm.

"Accessibility of Online Library Information for People with Disabilities." In Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, ed., Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology I-V. 2nd ed. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2008. Vol. 1: 1-7.

"Leadership at the American Library Association and Accessibility—a Critical View." Library Hi Tech, 25(4), 2007: 528-537. Also available at http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/Accessible/ALA_article2007.htm.

David Comeaux and Axel Schmetzke, "Web Accessibility Trends in University Libraries and Library Schools." Library Hi Tech. 25(4), 2007: 457-477.

Accessibility of electronic information resources for all. (Guest Editor). Library Hi Tech (Special Theme Issue), 25(4), 2007.

Jochen Richter and Axel Schmetzke, "Hugo Rheinhold's Philosophizing Monkey - a modern Owl of Minerva." NTM International Journal of History and Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology and Medicine. 15(2) 2007: 81-97.

"Access to Online Resources for All: The Role of Policy and Policy Change." Interface. 27(4) 2005: 4-5, 11. Also available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/ascla/asclapubs/interface/archives/contentlistingby/volume27/accesstoonlinelibraryresources/policychange.htm.

"Web Accessibility at University of Wisconsin Libraries." Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) Newsletter. 22(3) 2005: 5-9. Available at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/waal/newsletter/223.html#webaccess.

Ron Stewart, Vivek Narendra and Axel Schmetzke, "Accessibility and Usability of Online Library Databases," Library Hi Tech. 23(2), 2005: 265-286.

Jochen Richter and Axel Schmetzke, "Der Philosophische Affe und die Eule der Minerva." In Horst Kant und Annette Vogt, eds., Aus Wissenschaftsgeschichte und -theorie. Hubert Laitko zum 70. Geburtstag.  Berlin: Berliner Verlag für Wissenschafts- und Regionalgeschichte Dr. Michael Engel, 2005: 11-31. Also available at http://www.wissenschaftsforschung.de/Richter_2005.pdf.

"Digitization of Library Information and its Accessibilty for People with Disabilities." In Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, ed., Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology I-V. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, 2005. Vol. 2: 800-805.

"Creating an Enabling Online Library Environment." In Robin Osborne, ed., Outreach Policy and Practice: Something for Everyone @ your library. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004: 84-86.

"Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study." In Mary Hricko, ed., Design and Implementation of Web-Enabled Teaching Tools. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 2003: 145-189.

Accessibility of Web-Based Information Resources for People with Disabilities. (Guest Editor). Library Hi Tech (Special Theme Issue-Part II). 20(4), 2002.

Accessibility of Web-Based Information Resources for People with Disabilities. (Guest Editor). Library Hi Tech (Special Theme Issue-Part I). 20(2), 2002.

"The Accessibility of Online Library Resources for People with Print Disabilities: Research and Strategies for Change."  In Klaus Miesenberger, Joachim Klaus, and Wolfgang Zagler (ed.), Computers Helping People with Special Needs. 8th International Conference, ICCHP 2002, Linz, Austria, July 2002 (Proceedings). Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2002: 390-397. Also available at http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/pubs/ICCHP2002.htm.

"Online Distance Education - 'Anytime, Anywhere,' but Not for Everyone." Information Technologies and Disabilities, 7(2) 2001. Available at http://people.rit.edu/easi/itd/itdv07n2/contents.htm.

"Distance Education, Web-Resources and Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act." In Hugh A. Thompson, ed. Crossing the Divide. Proceedings of the Tenth National Conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 15-18, Denver, Colorado. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2001: Available at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/schmetzke.pdf

"Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools." Library Hi Tech, 19(1) 2001: 35-49.

"Finding Resources on the Internet: An Introduction for Teachers and Scholars of German Language and Culture." Voice of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT), 27(2) 2000:14-18.

"Design Differences in Thermocouple Vacuum Gauges." The Bell Jar, 9(1) 2000: 10-14.

"The Utility of German WWW Search Services for North American Users." Reference Services Review. 26(1) 1998: 43-50.

"Disability-Related Resources on the Internet," Intervention in School and Clinic, 32(2) 1996: 69-81.

 

 Presentations

 

"Accessibility of Electronic Information Databases." Webinar. Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), January 21, 2014. Archived at http://easi.cc/archive/lib2014/resources.htm.

"Accessibility of Electronic Library Resources: Do Librarians Consider the Needs of People with Print Disabilities When Selecting Digital Materials?" Presented at the 16th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Westminster, CO, Nov. 6, 2013.

"Professional Development, Publishing and Presenting." Panelist at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, April 25, 2013.

"Collection Development Policies and Barrier-free Access to Electronic Information at North American Libraries." Presented at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, April 24, 2013.

"Accessibility of Online Library Resources for People with Disabilities. An Update on Web Accessibility Research." Co-presented with David Comeaux at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Stevens Point, WI, April 27, 2011.

"Accessibility of Online Library Resources: Trends, Policy Issues, and Perspectives." Presented at the 12 State Inc., First Annual Midwest Vision Conference, Madison, WI, Oct. 22, 2010.

"From Monkey Business to Serious Research: Reflections on the Utility of the Web for Scholarly Inquiry." Central Wisconsin Libraries Conference, Stevens Point, WI, April 13, 2010.

"Das 'Invisible College' im Zeitalter des Internets; illustriert am Beispiel eines Forschungsprojekts zu Hugo Rheinholds Skulptur des philosophierenden Affens." Berliner Bibliothekswissenschaftliches Kolloquium (BBK), Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2009. 

Suzanne Byerley and Axel Schmetzke, "Accessibility Trends in Libraries: Websites and Databases Revisted." Presented at the 11th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education Conference, Boulder, CO, Nov. 13, 2008.

"Web Site and Online Database Accessibility at Academic Libraries: A Critical Overview of the Recent Research and Policy Developments." Presented at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Manitowoc, WI, April 17, 2008.

"Shortcomings of ALA's Leadership with Regard to Promoting a Barrier-Free Online Library/Information Environment ... and What We Can Possibly Do About It." Presented to the Accessibility Assembly, American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, January 20, 2007.

"From Monkey Business to Serious Research: Reflections on the Utility of the Web for Scholarly Inquiry." Presented to the Germanists Discussion Group of WESS (Western European Specialist Section), American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, Seattle, January 19, 2007.

"From Monkey Business to Serious Research." Presented at the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Nov. 2, 2006.

"'Vom Affen zum Dynamit' - Leben und Werk des Bildhauers Hugo Rheinhold." Presented at the Förderkreis Industriemuseum Geesthacht e.V., Geesthacht, Germany, April 4, 2006.

"Barrier-free Access to Library Resources for Citizens with Disabilities in a Networked Environment." Presented at the 95. Deutsche Bibliothekartag, Dresden, Germany, March 23, 2006.

"Accessibility of Online Resources in Academic Libraries." Presented at the 8th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education Conference. Boulder, CO, Nov. 11, 2005.

Panelist, "Electronic Accessibility in Library and Information Services." Webcast, National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE), Sept. 14, 2005. Archived at http://www.ncdae.org/webcasts/library.cfm.

"Access to Online Library Resources for All—an Agenda for Change." Presented at the American Library Association, panel on "Best Practices in Accessibility and Universal Design," Chicago, June 27, 2005.

"Web Accessibility on University of Wisconsin Campuses: 1999-2005." Poster session. Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Madison, WI, April 20, 2005.

"Digital Collections of Historical Documents and Accessibility." Presented at the 7th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education Conference. Boulder, CO, Nov. 10-12, 2004.

"Web Accessibility on University of Wisconsin Campuses: 1999-2004." Poster session. Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Elkhart Lake, WI, April 22, 2004.

"Barrier-Free Access to Online Information Resources at Academic libraries." Presented at the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 29, 2003.

"Accessibility, ADA and Other Legal mandates: Tools and Strategies for Change." Presented at the American Library Association Pre-conference Workshop on "Breaking Free: Recreating Your Library Web Site from A-Z." Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 20, 2003.

"Making the Online Library Environment Accessible to All: Strategies for Change." Contribution ("Institutional Online Accessibility Policies") to and moderation of a panel session held at the Association of Academic and College Libraries (ACRL) Conference, Charlotte, N.C, April 11, 2003.

"Web Page Accessibility at UW Libraries: Policy Mandate versus Reality." Poster session. Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Milwaukee, WI, April 3, 2003.

"Strategies for Creating a Barrier-Free Virtual Library Environment." Presented at the 5th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Assistive Technology and Accessible Media in Higher Education Conference. Boulder, CO, Nov. 6-8, 2002.

"The Accessibility of Online Library Resources for People with Print Disabilities: Research and Strategies for Change." Paper delivered at the 8th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP), 15-20 July 2002, Linz, Austria.

"Die Zugänglichkeit der ‘Neuen Medien’ an amerikanischen Universitäten." Colloquium presentation at ZIFF (Zentrale Institut für Fernstudienforschung), FernUniversität, Gesamthochschule Hagen, Germany, July 9, 2002.

"Accessibility of Online Resources for Users with Disabilities: An Overview of the Latest Research." (Planner, moderator and presenter). Panel program at the Annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 17, 2002.

"Accessibility of Online Library Resources and Services: the Scope of the Problem and Strategies for Change." Presented at the Annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference, Atlanta, GA, June 15, 2002.

"Accessibility of Electronic Information Resources for Users with Disabilities: A Review of the Latest Research." Presented at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Madison, WI, April 19, 2002.

"Are We Making Progress? Accessibility of UW Library Web Sites for People with Disabilities." Poster session. Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Green Lake, WI, April 17, 2002.

"Accessibility of Online Resources in Higher Education. Problems and Strategies for Change." Presented at the 4th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Assistive Technology in Higher Education Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, Nov. 16, 2001.

"Access Barriers to Online Learning Resources for People with Disabilities." Presented at the 2001 Conference on Information Technology, League for the Innovation of the Community College, Minneapolis, Nov. 14.

"Access Barriers to Web-Based Information in Higher Education. Problems and Strategies for Change." Presented at the NERCOM (North East Regional Computing Program) Web Accessibility Workshop, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, Oct. 8, 2001.

"Barriers to Barrier-Free Distance Education. Problems and Strategies for Change." Presented at the AMTEC 2001 (Association for Media and Technology in Canada) Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 3-6, 2001.

"Web Page Accessibility on University of Wisconsin Campuses: 2001 Survey Data." Poster session. Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) Conference, Fond du Lac, WI, April 18, 2001.

"Accessibility of Electronic Library Resources for Users with Disabilities." Co-presented at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL), Fond du Lac, WI, April 18, 2001.

"Distance Education, Web-Resources and Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act." Paper delivered at the ACRL 10th National Conference, Denver, CO, March 15-18, 2001.

"German Dialects on the Internet: Web Resources for German Language Teachers." Presentation at the Annual Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) Conference, Nov. 4, 2000. Available at http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/German_Resources/WAFLT2000/German_dialects.htm

"Reference Services for People with Disabilities." Presented at the Annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference, Chicago, July 10, 2000.

"Web Accessibility at U.S. Universities: Facts, Figures and Policies." Presented at the 5th International DEED 2000 Conference (DEED=Disabled, Enabled, Empowered, Determined), Rochester, N.Y., April 29, 2000.

"Accessible Web Design." Poster session at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL), Fond du Lac, WI, April 12, 2000.

"German Resources on the Internet: An Introduction for Teachers and Scholars of German Language and Culture." Presentation at the Annual Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT) Conference, Nov. 6, 1999.

"How Accessible Are Our Web Pages?" Presentation to the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL), Madison, WI, April 15, 1999.

"Search Tools for German Web Resources." Presentation to the Germanists Discussion Group at WESS (Western European Specialist Section), Annual Mid-Winter ALA Meeting, Philadelphia, January 30, 1999.

"Multicultural Resources on the Internet and their Educational Utility." Presentation at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) Conference, "Teacher Education and Technology. Issues and Ideas," Indiana University, Bloomington, April 17-19, 1997.

"Electronic Resources on Diversity." Presentation at the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity Workshop, "Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom: A Sharing of Ideas and Teaching Methods," Madison, WI, March 14, 1997.

"To Surf or Not to Surf? An Introduction to Disability-Related Resources on the World-Wide Web." Paper presented at the 11th Annual Conference of Technology and Persons with Disabilities, California State University, Northridge, Center on Disability, March 19–23, 1996.

 

 Memberships & Distinctions

 
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • ALA-Western European Specialists Section (WESS)
  • Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
  • Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)
  • Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL)
  • Library Hi Tech Editorial Board
  • Moderator of AXSLIB-L
  • 2012 Justus F. and Barbara J. Paul Faculty Award
  • 2008 Outstanding Reviewer Award (Emerald LiteratiNetwork)
  • 2006 Francis Campbell Award
  • 2002 Literati Club (Emerald) Award for Outstanding Paper
  • Honorary Fellow, UW-Madison, Dept. of Educational Policy Studies (1994–95)
  • Harborview Human Rights Committee, Valdez, Alaska (1988–90)
  • Valdez Consortium Library Advisory Board, Valdez, Alaska (1988–91; chair 1990–91)
  • German Foreign Office stipend award - Graduate Student Intern Program at the U.N. (summer 1982)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) fellowship  (1978–1979)