Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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This is totally the “how sausage and law are made” view, so don’t read this unless you want to know more about global accessibility in detail! WIPO has a mandate from its member states, and is working to address the need to change laws and get more accessible books flowing.

Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

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One of their main challenges is that they do not have adequate access to educational materials that are necessary to learn and succeed in school. Accessible ebooks and Bookshare have helped sixth grader Kevin Leong overcome his reading challenges.

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Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

I’m in Austin, TX, today engaging with librarians, digital curators, and technologists working at the nexus of communities and knowledge at the Electronic Resources and Libraries annual conference. Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation. I told one woman that I’d be headed here next, and she said, “Oh, I used to do the library makeovers for Target – I love libraries!” For communities to change, they need a catalyst; are libraries ready?

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

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HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. As a non-lawyer, let me explain from the point of view of a technologist who cares passionately about accessibility for people with disabilities.

Objecting to Accessibility Weaseling

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Last week, the National Federation of the Blind and 22 organizations serving people with disabilities filed detailed objections to a petition from a group of makers of e-reader devices led by Amazon to be exempted from accessibility requirements under the relatively new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Wouldn''t that create more demand for our Bookshare online library?

Increasing Accessible Publishing Globally

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Plenary Talk at the Eighth General Assembly of the World Blind Union Access to published information is an essential requirement for education, employment and full social inclusion. People with vision impairments and other print disabilities deserve equal access to that treasure of information. In my talk, I highlighted three global movements towards increasing accessible publishing. What can we do today to build that accessible future?

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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As part of the celebrations around the first anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO launched the Accessible Books Consortium , to help increase global capacity to deliver books to people with print disabilities.

Giving the Gift of Accessibility

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Through her contribution we were able to give our most active volunteers (those who have directly contributed to adding 150 books or more to the library) a chance to request a book -- any book that they wanted to see in Bookshare’s Collection.

Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

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This includes accessible educational materials, such as e-books that can be used with computers, or mobile devices that display enlarged text or read the book aloud while also highlighting text. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) selected our successful Bookshare library as the provider of accessible materials to every student in the U.S. Nor can they buy accessible content from the commercial sector.

Electronic Resources and Libraries Annual Conference

Amy Sample Ward

Description : Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. Libraries can and should be doing the same. Libraries have access to information, engagement, and opportunity – it’s just a matter of setting sail. presentation Presentations from 2011 community driven community engagement digital content future librariesDate : February 28th-March 2nd, 2011. Location : Austin, TX. Topic : Keynote.

A Software Lending Library in Kansas City?

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The Kansas City Public Library. They have developed a way for anyone with a Kansas City public library card to use expensive professional applications like those from Adobe and Microsoft without owning them. They are building a free software lending library.

Small Library — Big Service to the Community

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How the Natalia Library Helps Patrons Improve Their Lives. The Natalia Veteran's Memorial Library serves the small town of Natalia, Texas. With extremely limited resources, librarian Amy Edge must make difficult decisions every day about what her library can provide.

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

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Bookshare As followers of this blog know, Benetech's largest social enterprise is the Bookshare online library for people with print disabilities. Our commitment is to provide access to books for those who are unable to read a traditional print format and to do so without harming the economic interests of authors and publishers. However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

Upcoming Webinar on July 30: Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile

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Bringing mobile devices into adult library programs can be an excellent way to promote library e-media and teach digital literacy skills. Ann Awakuni will share her experience planning multiple e-reader fairs while working at the Mountain View Public Library (California).

Computer Refurbishment and Accessibility

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The first time I really "got" the power of accessible technology (AT) to improve the lives of people with disabilities was when I saw the PBS documentary Freedom Machines. How Accessible Technology Computer Refurbishment Came About. How Accessible Technology Works.

National Library Week and Bookshare

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Guest Blog from Amy McNeely, Bookshare Librarian This past week, April 12th through April 18th, was National Library Week. Every year, the American Library Association picks a different theme for the occasion. This year’s theme was “Worlds connect @ your library.” Bookshare is a unique library. I’ve been working in libraries for nine years. I’ve walked through a few libraries, but I can say that Bookshare is unique within my experience. Library 2.0

Cool App Roundup: Library Edition

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highlights how apps can help libraries connect with patrons and provide services in new ways. Many libraries accomplish this by. creating standalone apps or a mobile-friendly website and library. inspire libraries (and nonprofits!) scanner, and Internet access.

How One Library Is “Loaning out the Internet” Using Mobile Technology

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People rely on their neighborhood library to borrow books, magazines, and movies. Providence Community Library (PCL) is leading the way. PCL is a nonprofit network of nine neighborhood libraries that provide free, accessible library services and serve as vibrant neighborhood hubs.

Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

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The DIAGRAM Center team has also created an image data content model which will provide standards to define and enhance the efficacy and interoperability of accessible images as the project evolves. DIAGRAM stands for Digital Image and Graphics Resources for Accessible Materials. Our DIAGRAM Center is dramatically changing the way image and graphical content for accessible educational materials is produced and accessed.

Working Toward Internet Access for Everyone

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adults still don't have broadband Internet access at home. The June 2015 FCC proposal calls for an expansion of Lifeline to provide low-income households with a choice of subsidized phone service or broadband Internet access. Every Public Library in the United States.

Windows 8: Designed for Accessibility

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Microsoft's latest operating system also delivers when it comes to its accessibility and assistive technology features, namely the Narrator and Magnifier. Watch this video demo from Microsoft to see the new accessibility features in action: (Please visit the site to view this video).

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

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The Goal The goal is pretty clear: insuring that every person on the planet with a serious print disability has access to the books and other printed material that they need to get an education, make a living and be included in society. I would class this as TVI (nearly identical) plus additional provisions creating a similar exception for schools, libraries and archives. That could start the ball rolling with access right away.

5 Ways Libraries Support Disaster Relief and Recovery

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The Saskatoon Public Library opened its doors to these evacuees, and staff members stepped up their efforts to help the evacuees communicate with their family and friends. Staffers also let people from outside of Saskatoon check out books from the library and access other services.

Save Your Libraries: They're Good for the Economy

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Collecting petitions Last week I stood outside of my local library collecting signatures to save libraries in Oakland. We're facing potential closures of 14 neighborhood libraries, and reduced services at the remaining four.

Tips for Libraries Providing Health Information Training

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Dana Abbey is the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental region. She has a background in public libraries, library consultation, and prescription drug monitoring.

Access and Washington

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We have been helping blind and print disabled people gain access to books for over 17 years. Two recent experiences underscored different parts of this struggle to deliver access. It's great to see someone still using one of our products to access books for this length of time. The goal of this repository is to ensure that students with print disabilities have easy access to textbooks.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

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We're really proud of the rapid growth of our Bookshare online library for people with print disabilities. We're up to more than 125,000 users, with over 95,000 books available, and our users are now accessing content at a rate of more than million downloads per year! That's why it's painful to hear about disputes over denying students with very real print disabilities access to these resources.

Benetech's Statement to the Treaty Delegates in Marrakech

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Benetech, my nonprofit organization operates Bookshare, the largest online library dedicated to serving blind and print disabled people. Our library is made possible both by a domestic copyright exception that makes it possible for us to add any book requested by a blind person to our library, as well as strong cooperation with publishers who provide many of their books directly to our library for free, including the rights to serve people in certain other countries.

Guest Post: Collections Access - Open the Door Wider

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are well versed in new ideas for audience engagement and committed to opening up their institutions to increase public access. Can collections access be a way to entice new audiences? I stirred up a debate by raising the question “why not allow access?”

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

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Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille. But, some companies want to empty the library shelves and insist that only books that can’t be purchased are allowed to be stocked in such libraries. Imagine what a regular library would look like if it couldn’t stock books that could be purchased by the general public! That would pretty much defeat the purpose of having a library.

Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

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We benefit from the resources, brainpower, and strength of organizations and individuals to help us support NGOs and public libraries worldwide. We were introduced to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through our common interest in libraries.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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For example, all residents with the qualifying disabilities in Australia, Denmark and Qatar, to pick just three examples, now have free access to Bookshare thanks to our joint efforts with local and national disability groups in these countries. Bookshare has successfully piloted an international library for the blind, but we’ve barely begun to remedy the global book famine.

Libraries: Take the Public Access Technology Survey Today!

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Many of you may not know that we also work with libraries and have done so for the past few years, largely via our MaintainIT Project. This project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is now part of a broader TechSoup program to reach libraries and ensure they have the technical resources, support, and information they need to work effectively. We call it TechSoup for Libraries. Many of you know that TechSoup is a nonprofit that works with nonprofits.

Nonprofits Live Recap: Accessible and Assistive Technologies

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Many organizations, however, overlook ensuring that their web presence is accessible to individuals who may have visual or auditory impairments. Accessibility in Developing Countries. Make It Accessible Early.

Introducing Idealware's Social Media Resource Library

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With that in mind, and as a first step in our year-long social media research initiative, Idealware has compiled a library of nearly 200 – and growing – resources on social media. The Social Media Resource Library , compiled in Delicious , will help your nonprofit gain valuable insights into how to best use social media for your organization. Directions for accessing Idealware’s Delicious repository 1. I hope you find the Social Media Resource Library helpful

Robin Seaman, Agent of Inclusion

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The nonprofit Benetech team built the revolutionary Bookshare library for this community, all online, and based on the powerfully flexible ebook. We named this library Bookshare because it was created with an army of crowdsourcing volunteers, many of them blind people themselves, who scan the books using optical character recognition. In addition, the quality was often not good enough to deliver fully equal access to educational books.

Interesting Uses of Technology: Virtual Libraries in Second Life

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" Dr. Valerie Hill is an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Science and is also a librarian herself. The Rise of Virtual Libraries. Virtual libraries aren't a new phenomenon.

Print Access for All: Anna Reid in Chennai

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A related, but slightly different and less recognized issue, is the fact that people with disabilities such as blindness often have limited access to printed materials, even if they are well-educated. One of the programs developed by Benetech is a digital library called Bookshare.org.

Internet Safety for Children: What Charities and Libraries Should Know

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It wrote the guide with parents in mind, but the guide is also useful for charities and library who work with children and need to make sure they are safe. Department of Justice stats: Thirteen percent of youths with Internet access have been victims of unwanted sexual advances.

Guest Post: Nell Taylor on the Chicago Underground Library

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Last month, I got a chance to talk with Nell Taylor, founder of the Chicago Underground Library. This combination of technical ability, neutrality, and fierce belief in freedom of expression is undervalued in society and by many existing library systems.

Free Webinar: Broadband Basics for Public Libraries

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Register for this free webinar , Broadband Basics for Public Libraries, to be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 11 a.m. We will be joined by special guest, library consultant Kieran Hixon. Kieran is passionate about rural libraries. His focus is on open-source software and low-cost tech solutions for small, rural libraries. How much speed does your library need? How can I talk to others about the need for broadband at the library?

Nonprofit and Library App Survey from App It Up

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Back in September, we posted a summary of App It Up's nonprofit and library apps survey. represent the full range of nonprofit and library app experiences. Nonprofits and libraries are interested in building their own apps, though they. apps for nonprofits and libraries.

And the Winner(s) of the Social Media Library Are.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this month, I participated in a social media library giveaway organized by Steve Cunningham , who like me, loves books. For the social media library giveaway I asked folks to leave a comment on how they would use the books to shape their 2010 social media strategy.