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8A - Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa

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This paper was presented at the 2010 conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities: http://www.printdisability.org. You can read the full paper and listen to ...

This paper was presented at the 2010 conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities: http://www.printdisability.org. You can read the full paper and listen to the audio recording on the conference blog site: http://roundtable2010.wordpress.com/conference-proceedings/8a-aotearoa-peoples-network-kaharoa/

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  • Image = Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa logo
  • Image= Hawera Public library building, Hawera.
  • Image = Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa logo
  • Image = Map of New Zealand showing location of partner libraries and marae from Kaeo in the Far North to Stewart Island in the south. Red dots are libraries. Yellow dots are marae
  • Image = Dunedin city library, computer area with 19 APNK PCs installed in March 2010 (complete with webcams and headsets)
  • Image= Gene Gibson & Keiran McNabb with Extra Touch Awards, October 2009
  • Image = NVDA logo

8A - Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa 8A - Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa Presentation Transcript

  • Once Upon a Library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa Keiran McNabb & Moata Tamaira Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc. 2010
  • Hawera Library, Manaia Hawera Library
  • The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa...what is that, exactly?
    • The Digital Strategy (2005)
    • Connectivity
    • Confidence
    • Content
    • We provide -
    • Fast broadband
    • PCs & Printer
    • Wifi
    • Digital repository & scanner
    • Helpdesk support & staff training
    • The Funding
    • National Library of New Zealand funding
    • Funding from the Digital Strategy through the Community Partnership Fund and latterly direct grants.
    • Contribution from Partner Libraries needed to retain the current level of support long term.
  • Where are the APNK partner libraries and marae?
  • Dunedin City Library
  • Gene Gibson & Keiran McNabb with Extra Touch Awards, October 2009
  • What is NVDA?
    • NVDA = Non Visual Desktop Access -
    • Free open source product
    • Available in a portable version for use on USB drive
    • Works with Windows operating system
    • Available in over 20 languages
  • The New Inventors [video] ABC Television Broadcast date 10 March 2010 http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/video/video.htm
    • One person, acting locally
    • Brought the product to our attention
    • Made suggestions about how to configure it
    • Provides us with ongoing feedback
    • Keeps us in the loop on other products that are available
    • Effects
    • Over 500 PCs in 120 APNK libraries all over NZ now have accessibility software installed
    • Christchurch City Libraries has followed suit in their 20 libraries
    • Who will be next?
    • The recipe to making it work
    • A solid, secure, stable infrastructure
    • Belief in the “access for all” philosophy
    • Listen to, and communicate with your customers. They’re experts...not you.
    • Having a free, usable product available – if no one makes one, we can’t use it.
    • The best thing about a recipe is that anyone can follow it.
    • APNK and Christchurch City Libraries have come on board. Who is next?
    • Ingredients aren’t that exotic.
    • Why stop at libraries?
    • Think globally, Act locally!