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Simon Ball - Day 2, Workshop 2

  1. 1. Public Libraries – key agents for accessible and inclusive technology Alistair McNaught Dr Simon Ball JISC Techdis www.jisctechdis.ac.uk
  2. 2. The opportunity <ul><li>Library users often have limited knowledge of what opportunities technology can offer. </li></ul><ul><li>The library is the only place of learning for many people. </li></ul><ul><li>There is less of a difference in use of libraries between rich and poor areas than in any other cultural sector.  </li></ul><ul><li>The library is the key location for communicating the accessibility potential of technology. If they don't learn about it at the library, they may never know. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Libraries as learning centres <ul><li>Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive technology and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative formats </li></ul><ul><li>eBooks </li></ul>
  4. 4. Internet access <ul><li>99.3% of public libraries in US offer free access to computers and the Internet. Over 64% of libraries report that they are the only source of free Internet access in their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Source - American Library Association 2011 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Internet access <ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Browser settings [1] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF accessibility [2] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word views [3] </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Assistive technology / productivity <ul><li>Windows accessibility options [1] </li></ul><ul><li>Portable tools (e.g. MyStudyBar) [4],[5] </li></ul><ul><li>Online tools [6] </li></ul>
  7. 7. Alternative formats [7], [8] <ul><li>Alternative media </li></ul><ul><li>Effective searching </li></ul><ul><li>Online collections </li></ul><ul><li>Format shifting tools </li></ul>
  8. 8. eBooks <ul><li>Many accessibility benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Some accessibility barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>[9] </li></ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/td-ebooks </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where we start from (UK data) Adults visiting libraries 2010-11 (DCMS Aug 2011)
  10. 10. Making it equal. <ul><li>Many tools are useful for a wide range of users. </li></ul><ul><li>Some users, especially older users, may not think of themselves as 'disabled'. </li></ul><ul><li>Library management often want to restrict access to items for 'disabled users' to ensure they are available when needed. </li></ul><ul><li>The focus should be on 'productivity' (positive) and not 'barriers' or 'difficulties' (negative). [10] </li></ul>
  11. 11. Links <ul><li>[1] www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/AccessibilityEssentials/2007/AE1/index </li></ul><ul><li>[2] www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/AccessibilityEssentials/2007/AE4/index </li></ul><ul><li>[3] www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/AccessibilityEssentials/2007/AE2/index </li></ul><ul><li>[4] www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps/mystudybar.php </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[5] www.eifl.net/news/foss-disability-tools-having-impact-zimbabwe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[6] www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/freesoftware </li></ul><ul><li>[7] www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/altformats </li></ul><ul><li>[8] www.publisherlookup.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>[9] http://tinyurl.com/td-ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>[10] http://tinyurl.com/td-productivity </li></ul>

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