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Library champions for disability access minutes march 7th 2018

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Library champions for disability access minutes march 7th 2018

  1. 1. Library Championsfor DisabilityAccess MinutesMarch 2018 Delegates Denise Daniel (UEL), JuliaDavy-Brown,(Universityof Westminster);HeatherDawson(LSE); ;Jemma Freeman,(LSBU); IdaKwan(Universityof Westminster); AdamLausch-Holubowicz(SOAS) ; Graham Martindale (RegentsUniversity);KathyMcGowan(Middlesex University); Carol Regulski(KCL) ; Sonja Rowan(KingstonUniversity);Claire Taplin,(LSELibrary) ;JoanneTaplin-Green,LSELibrary(Chair);Bill Todd (RichmondAmericanUniversityin London) ; RNIB update. Stacy Rowe wasunable toattendthe meetinginpersonbutsentthe followingupdate. *462 publishersandimprintsnowworkingwiththe RNIB *77,673 titlesincollection *1,387 newfilesaddedinFebruary OxfordUniversityPress(schools) have gone livewithanautomatedfeedandwill provide theirback catalogue andfront-endmaterial!We have CambridgeUniversityPressandBloomsburyPublishing goinglive inthe nextcouple of weeks.We have several publisherswantinganautomatedfeedwith us and we are verymuch lookingforwardtosharingthat newswithyou,once everythingissigned.It includessome verybigpublishersandwill be significantforRNIBBookshare. Also,we have completedouronline RNIBBookshare tutorialvideosandthese shouldbe available to all usersinspring.Theywill include,settingupyouraccount; addingstaff andlearners;downloading content;requestingbooksandmore. We have alsopartneredupwithVICTA Children,toprovide toyoungpeople withsightloss,please see copy: 'If you,or someone youknow,are registeredblindorpartiallysighted,aUK residentandaged between11and 25 yearsyou couldbe eligibleforanApple iPadAir2 32GB witha protective case. To findoutmore please visitthe VICTA website http://www.victa.org.uk/grants/ orcall on, 01908240831, to findouthow you can apply.' Delegates atthe meetingagreedthe service wasreallygreatandtheywere dependingonitmore for academicrequests. Carol reportedthat KCLwas usingitin conjunctionwithTalisAspirereadinglists.Where academic staff knewa studentwasvisuallyimpairedtheytaggedthe listandstaff inthe libraryautomatically checkedforeBooks,createddigital course readings(there copyrightpermits) andordereditemsvia the RNIB. Legal deposit. Carol reportedthat meetingshadtakenplace withAlistairMcNaughtof JISC andthe RNIB.The idea of an epetitionhadbeenabandonedinfavourof approachingthe Joint Committee onLegal Deposit. Howeverthishadalsoproveda complicatedprocess. The numberof legal depositlibrariesspecified by the lawwas lowandthe machinesusedoftenlockeddownandinaccessible.Asaresult,they were goingtotry approachingpublishersdirectperhapssettingupaneventtohighlight existing problems experienced bydyslexicandvisuallyimpairedusers Inparallel theywere considering
  2. 2. approachingopenaccesspublishingplatformstotryto getthemto adoptaccessibilityguidelines.If PhD studentswere trainedtoproduce accessible thesesthiscouldfeedthrough tothe publishing process. Carol gave a demoof SensusAccess – thisis inuse inKCL and a numberof other member institutions. She usedthe PowerPointslidescourtesyof TanjaStevns(tanja@sensus.dk).Thisis available viathe website at http://www.sensusaccess.com/resources/presentations It isa notfor profitservice whichiscloudbasedandseekstoempowerthe enduserwhouploadsto the site and retrievesindifferentformats.Userscan uploadmp3,pdf and retrieve mp3.There has beenanissue withbraille asthe outputisportable embosserformat(.pef)whichneedsconversion althoughthisiscan be done withfree software. Delegatesreporteditwasoftenanissue toget studentstoundertake self-service conversionsbutall were infavourof publicity togetthemto be more independent AOB LSBU issettingupan additional servicesscheme.Thiswasproposedbymembersof the userservices teamfor individualsregisteredwiththe disabilityservice atpresentitissmall butstaff are keen LSE has a buddyscheme whichisheavilyusedbyvisuallyimpairedanddyslexicstudent.Itrelieson volunteers.Referralsare made bythe disabilityservice.There canbe issueswithslow referralsfrom the school.SOASalsohas a buddyscheme there are 2 categoriesof additional services,buddiesor justlongerloan.Those requiringapersonal serviceare senta standardletterandaskedto signup. Numbersrespondingisquite small butthose whodohave the service findituseful Useful apps Recommendedwebsites Universityof Kent https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentsupport/accessibility/productivity/ Portableappswebsite https://portableapps.com/ GCF Learn Free forall sorts of tutorialsonMicrosoft Office,Google Docsetc https://www.gcflearnfree.org/ Eduapps My StudyBar (free productivitytoolsforprint-impairedstudents)hasbeenrelaunched https://www.eduapps.org Date of nextmeeting summerterm. Location tobe confirmed.

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