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Wednesday, November 8 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Is it Really “Not Applicable?” Zoom in to Understand eBook Accessibility

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The decisions that we make when reviewing our collections and negotiating licenses have enormous effect on our users. They also have the potential to in turn shape the priorities and decisions of publishers and platform creators. The questions we ask and standards we set now set the stage for the chapters our users inherit. And while users with special access needs might not form a large percentage of our current user population, they will always be part of that population. For eBook accessibility, it can be difficult to draw the line between what is essential, what is aspirational, and what isn’t (yet) applicable. There are numerous standards, some of which are fundamental to providing access to users, some of which you might be told don’t apply, and some which will matter more and more as the eBook changes and becomes a fuller, richer text.

Our goal in this session is to share what we’ve learned about what accessibility assessment resources publishers are likely to provide you with, what the different sections of those documents mean, how to look at the information you have and make a judgement on how accessible an ebook on a platform would be, and how to incorporate accessibility in collection selection and licensing negotiations so that ultimately the de facto design of eBooks is one that supports access by all library users.

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Danica Lewis

Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences, NC State University Libraries
I'm the Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences at the NC State University Libraries. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an MSLIS, and from Knox College with a BA in Biology. Recently my work has included learning the programming language... Read More →
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Xiaoyan Song

Electronic Resources Librarian, NC State University Libraries
Xiaoyan Song is the Electronic Resource Librarian (ERL) at the Monograph Unit in the Acquisition and Discovery (A&D) department at NCSU Libraries. She mingles with all aspects of ebooks including acquisition, license negotiation, activation, ebook troubleshooting, and workflow mapping... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Ashley Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401