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Library Champions for Disability Access minutes February 2019
Library Championsfor Disability Access Minutes 27th
Heather Dawson (LSE)
Rose Franklin (UWL)
Joanne Taplin-Green, LSE Library (Chair)
Bill Todd (Richmond American University in London);
Madel Joubert (Bloomsbury Institute)
Denise Daniel (University of East London)
Julia Davy-Brown (University of Westminster)
Jenny Maidment (University of Brighton)
Debbie Barney (SOAS)
Jessica Wykes (City University, London)
Claire Taplin (LSE)
Carmen Fernandez (University of the Arts London)
Ashley Ray (Internet Archive)
Sophie Flynn-Piercy. (Internet Archive)
Sharon Bittner (University of Portsmouth)
Catherine O’Sullivan (St Mary’s University)
Stacey Rowe (RNIB)
Andrew Temple-Mabe, (Kingston University)
Stacey provided an update on statistics
as of 31st Jan 2019
Titles=196,649 (live title counter)
They are currently working to make music scores accessible. So that users will be
able to open the score in a free programme to hear it played.
The RNIB are also involved in a VICTA-RNIB iPad and Orbit Braille Reader The
scheme allows those in the UK, with sight loss, to get either one of the below for
10% of the current retail value. Applicants can apply for both and iPad and an Orbit
iPads: 11-25 years
Orbit: 8-25 years
http://www.victa.org.uk/grants/ or call on
01908 240 831 to find out more.
They are in discussions to add the current and backfiles of a number of publishers.
Details of these will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
There was some discussion how the service was promoted to users at individual
institutions. Most use a wellbeing service or word of month from departmental tutors.
Stacy and RNIB are always willing to provide support in promoting collections and
assisting users. Stacy has a new direct contact email at: Stacy Scott
Huw Alexander provided an introduction
searchBOX is a free service for librarians and accessibility officers launched in
October 2018. It is a database of over 3,500 publishers and imprints and contains
the contact details and accessibility information such as publisher website
information and affiliations with the RNIB Bookshare service. The aim of searchBOX
is to make it easier to source accessible content by providing up-to-date contact
information. It has been beta tested with librarians and the aim is for it to be
maintained by a process of crowdsourcing (librarians providing updates) and annual
maintenance checks. Next step is hopefully to introduce an ISBN search and
incorporate results from the ASPIRE audit
The link for searchBOX is:
They can be contacted at email@example.com.
Free registration is required.
Ashley Ray, Internet Archive, European Digitisation Manager gave an introduction to
the potential usage of the service for print impaired users. In addition to the open
access out of copyright works available in pdf and EPUB and the Librivox
audiobooks, they have a digital lending collection for more recent works where users
are able to register to borrow
This is made available under controlled lending of one copy that can be borrowed
for up to 2 weeks. However under a low vision project the archive is making titles
available specifically to print impaired users.
Qualifying institutions will be able to register and then create their own lists of
authorised students. These students will be able to bypass any queues and access
titles not available in the other collections.
Anyone with questions can get in touch with Sophie Flynn-Piercy at
Jessica from City University of London was involved in this . The 2018 audit was of
accessibility statements on publisher’s websites and involved assessments of
availability and understandability. Publishers/ aggregators were ranked on a score of
35. The full scores are on the website where stories giving the perspectives of the
publishers/ librarians and students are also available.
City used it is a training opportunity for staff to find out more about ebook
accessibility. They involved more staff library staff across two departments and
completed 92 assessments.
While scores were low, Huw Alexander said they had a positive results in
encouraging publishers to approach him for assistance
Carol from KCL was unable to attend but sent a question regarding formats for
making graphic novels accessible. Huw Alexander said that Textbox has a
classification of formats including images with standards to which they should
comply and he would investigate it further.
Accessibility of DVDs,especially foreignlanguage.
This question was raised by an ALISS member. Suggestions for coping included.
Searching YouTube which has subtitles for voiceover.
Contacting the publisher direct.
Also suggestions of websites with film subtitles that might be worth searching were.
Date of next meeting
Heather to confirm