Bridging the Gap: Addressing the Accessible Book Famine in Canada
Less than 10% of the world’s publications are available in accessible formats, creating a significant imbalance in access to education and knowledge for individuals who are print disabled. In order to facilitate work to bridge this gap, academic institutions and libraries need to understand the complex environment of accessibility, from discovery and delivery of works, and the systems and services that support them.
This panel discussion will explore the complicated landscape of creating and providing accessible works. Topics addressed will include the challenges with born accessible publishing; how do publishers measure up in the delivery of born accessible–using a vendor scorecard for accessibility to assess CRKN vendors as a sample; and insights from library leaders on licensing accessible content to make available to beneficiaries.