Access to information  The ‘Right to Read’ Campaign and alternative format development
Cautionary tales - 1 The zealous support tutor
Three days Three minutes
Cautionary tales - 2 The curse of specialism
<ul><li>Network manager – I’d tweak system settings if I knew it was worth it. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher – I’d change the ...
Alternative approaches <ul><li>Teacher – “I teach photosynthesis using chapter   3 of the text book” </li></ul><ul><li>LSA...
..alternative resources <ul><li>Photosynthesis images –  795,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis videos –  209,000 </li><...
<ul><li><5% of books make large print/audio etc </li></ul><ul><li>All books since 2000 have a PDF version as standard prod...
The future is digital – what’s the problem?
Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarou...
Right to Read Alliance Key strategies of the e-book working group
Key messages <ul><li>For industry </li></ul><ul><li>Print impairment = pan disability </li></ul><ul><li>Good for disabled ...
User awareness  <ul><li>JISC TechDis -  www.techdis.ac.uk/getebooks ;  www.techdis.ac.uk/getaltformat   www.publisherlooku...
User awareness <ul><li>RNIB –  www.rnib.org.uk/ebooks </li></ul>
User awareness  <ul><li>CALL Scotland / Books for All –  www.booksforall.org.uk </li></ul>
Industry awareness <ul><li>Publisher Lookup Awards: </li></ul><ul><li>Joint statement on Text to Speech </li></ul><ul><li>...
Research
Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarou...
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Alistair McNaught - JISC TechDis
Right to Read Campaign
AccessAbility 2010
September 21 2010

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Right to-read

  1. 1. Access to information The ‘Right to Read’ Campaign and alternative format development
  2. 2. Cautionary tales - 1 The zealous support tutor
  3. 3. Three days Three minutes
  4. 4. Cautionary tales - 2 The curse of specialism
  5. 5. <ul><li>Network manager – I’d tweak system settings if I knew it was worth it. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher – I’d change the pedagogy if I knew it would make a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian – I’d signpost other resources if I knew what you needed. </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning manager – I’d use show you these tools if I knew how they’d help. </li></ul><ul><li>LSA/DO – I’d use more technologies if I knew what could help. </li></ul><ul><li>Learner – I do it this way because no-one showed me any better. For example.. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Alternative approaches <ul><li>Teacher – “I teach photosynthesis using chapter 3 of the text book” </li></ul><ul><li>LSA/DO – “I scan chapter 3 and put it into a Word document. If required I enlarge/describe the images” </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian “I get the PDF of the book from the publisher” </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning advisor – “I’d look for ……….. </li></ul>
  7. 7. ..alternative resources <ul><li>Photosynthesis images – 795,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis videos – 209,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis podcasts – 72,200 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis PDFs – 12,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis PowerPoints - 182 </li></ul><ul><li>Photosynthesis Flash files - 235 </li></ul><ul><li>Tutor (questioningly)..do I need chapter 3? </li></ul>Learner (questioningly)..do I tutor?
  8. 8. <ul><li><5% of books make large print/audio etc </li></ul><ul><li>All books since 2000 have a PDF version as standard production process. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample of 50 FE library staff (2009) – less than 20% had obtained PDF for learner. </li></ul><ul><li>RNIB – 1000 / yr </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle – 450,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright free e-books – 1,800,000 </li></ul>
  9. 9. The future is digital – what’s the problem?
  10. 10. Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarounds Accessibility of underlying format Accessibility of e-book reader Accessibility of Library platform PDF, EPUB Login, search, browse, cut/paste, keyboard access, AT access. Magnify, reflow, keyboard access, AT access. Industry
  11. 11. Right to Read Alliance Key strategies of the e-book working group
  12. 12. Key messages <ul><li>For industry </li></ul><ul><li>Print impairment = pan disability </li></ul><ul><li>Good for disabled = good for all </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility optimised ~ Mobile optimised </li></ul><ul><li>For users </li></ul><ul><li>Know what’s available </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to use it </li></ul>
  13. 13. User awareness <ul><li>JISC TechDis - www.techdis.ac.uk/getebooks ; www.techdis.ac.uk/getaltformat www.publisherlookup.org.uk </li></ul>
  14. 14. User awareness <ul><li>RNIB – www.rnib.org.uk/ebooks </li></ul>
  15. 15. User awareness <ul><li>CALL Scotland / Books for All – www.booksforall.org.uk </li></ul>
  16. 16. Industry awareness <ul><li>Publisher Lookup Awards: </li></ul><ul><li>Joint statement on Text to Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Direct engagement with publishers, distributors and manufacturers. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Research
  18. 18. Tutor Support staff Library User Communicating needs Communicating options AT types and issues System options and workarounds Accessibility of underlying format Accessibility of e-book reader Accessibility of Library platform PDF, EPUB Login, search, browse, cut/paste, keyboard access, AT access. Magnify, reflow, keyboard access, AT access. Industry
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