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Library Champions for Disability Access Minutes Meeting 29th November 2016


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Library champions for disability access Minutes Meeting 29th November 2016

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Library Champions for Disability Access Minutes Meeting 29th November 2016

  1. 1. Library Champions for Disability Access 29th November 2016 Delegates Stella Coker (Royal College of Nursing); Heather Dawson, LSE Julia Davy Brown (University of Westminster) Annushka Donin (University of Portsmouth) Sheila Faucher (Goldsmiths College) Matthew Holtby (University of Reading) Michael Jack (Kings College London) Annie Johnson (London South Bank University) Graham Martindale (Regents University) Carol Regulski (Kings College London); Carol Sadlowski, (Royal Holloway University of London) Anna Stinson (Kingston University) Claire Taplin, (LSE) Joanne Taplin-Green, LSE Library (chairperson) Philippa Tickner, (Hillcroft College/ Kingston University) Bill Todd, (Richmond American International University) Kate Vasili (Middlesex University) Jessica Wykes (City, University of London) Kings College Accessibility Training Carol Regulski Senior Accessible Formats Assistant, Library Services Maughan Library King's College London gave an insightful presentation on the type of accessibility training offered to student s at KCL. This can be viewed at
  2. 2. A key feature was to empower students who could learn how to use their equipment to make their own documents usable. Also emphasised was a common lack of awareness amongst staff and students on inbuilt accessibility features of common formats such as pdf. She has created several YouTube videos which explain in more detail. These were shared with delegates at the event Interlibrary loans and accessibility This item was introduced by Jessica Wykes from City, University of London. Slides here loans-a-discussion-point It arose from an email discussion about whether libraries could use interlibrary loans to offer materials to students with special needs. Could they borrow accessible formats if they did not own an original? Legally scan items they did not own for disabled students and make materials available in a timely way? The slides summarise some findings from Jessica. Delegates at the meeting discussed and shared their own experiences There appear to be some exceptions under copyright law. The British Library can supply unencrypted articles via interlibrary loan if requests are made via email labelled VIP but often books are an issue and many libraries simply resorted to purchasing the book then requesting an interlibrary loan for the user. However the fact that they waited until the item arrived caused delays. Others were exploring individual eBooks via kortext or vital source Using book share from the RNIB was also considered an option Many people at the meeting felt that publishers should be obliged to deposit accessible copies as part of copyright law and an idea for the group creating an online petition to lobby was put forward. This will be explored by Jo Taplin Green Another issue highlighted were loans from reference only deposit libraries which some lenders required to remain in the building even when informed that the requester was disabled and required home use. Some members advised contacting the specialist disability centres at the universities directly eg Oxford as this had in the past produced helpful solutions. RNIB Bookshare Unfortunately due to the pressure of work no member of the team was able to attend. However Jo and Heather are going to explore if skype would be possible for a future meeting. Some libraries were using it; none were yet sharing content they had produced due to lack of time and uncertainty about standards. Those who had used it found the list of uk publishers they were working with responded quickly Routledge and Cambridge were mentioned. However many students still required US texts and
  3. 3. these could be a problem with slow response rate or being referred to the American version of Bookshare. Some members reported having some difficulty with different formats on the site e.g. daisy and in giving users individual log ins as there was a concern that some users might request items not held by their library directly. Or they might feel stressed by having another log in to remember. Other attendees said they had converted the daisy formats into word and sent them onto users to get around the problem. RNIB Bookshare have apparently developed a tool to do this and will send it to you on request. They also give instructions for how to do it and have some downloadable guides on a page dedicated to the subject of Word files. Impact of the DSA changes Members discussed this. Some had noticed that there had been a decline in support workers with subsequently requests for scanning being included on library inclusion plan so more requests also more concerns amongst students having difficulty using accessible technology perhaps due to fact that support workers had previously done this. Requests for fetches had not risen in most instructions. Next meeting Heather will contact delegates to arrange a location in the Lent term probably around March