Working Together for Accessible Texts: FRAME, Libraries, and Disability Services - Shared screen with speaker view
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“Libraries, Take AIM!” white paper: https://dl.tufts.edu/concern/pdfs/fn1079946
Is this EMMA site freely accessible?
I believe EMMA is currently only available to FRAME partners, I will save that question for Kristin at the end. Thanks, Barbara.
Is there an effort to share all of these materials on Bookshare.org?
Great question, Jill. I will add that to the list. Thanks!
EMMA information website: https://emma.uvacreate.virginia.edu/To indicate interest in EMMA membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
Has there been any thought of opening up access to EMMA at participating schools now to their Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan departments? We often interact with the most patrons asking for print only or digital only for accessibility issues. They may not always be DSO qualifying. (Some people are not formally listed as "disabled" or cannot afford the testing to be labelled as such.)
Accurate table! I was an academic librarian and am now the accommodations coordinator for a DSO (so I've been in both columns)
Great question Miriam. I will add it to the list. Thanks!
Do some of you contact the publisher of a book to request an alternate version of a text instead of scanning it?
Yes, often - re: Barbara's question. Chop and scan is our last resort.
It seems that this is using the schools/offices as gatekeepers and I am wondering about possibilities for getting the texts to end users more directly, and for ways to be transparent to the entire community of people with print disabilities about what texts are available to them
Although I understand that perhaps this hinges on the need for financial sustainability from fee-paying institutions
Bookshare is an example that works with both end users directly and schools/institutions.
Kyle Rimkus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Email: email@example.comGrant Project Manager: Kristin Jensen, University of Virginia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is required to provide remediated works - a school, a public library, a publisher?
Jill and Anne, I will add those comments and questions to the list. Thanks.
Do students/libraries need to purchase a physical copy to get access to the accessible version?
Great question, Jessica. I will add to the list.
What do you do with texts that have mathematical formulas and other things that are difficult to translate into alt tags, etc.?
+1 Barbara Pope. I'd especially like to know about musical scores
Are the items added to EMMA requested by students with print disabilities as the starting point? Or could libraries consider participating adding items that might be unique items but not (yet) requested by a student needing the alternative format?
Thanks, Barbara and Karen and Naomi. We will add those to the list.
Re: Karen - We’ve had to outsource musical scores to a professional Braille transcriber. They provided a file that could then be loaded in a refreshable Braille display.
Thanks, Stacey (and Beth)!
+1 about the essential and critical need for texts to have image description added to images, art, graphs, mathematic examples, and charts.
We're using Scribely right now to describe GED prep books
How do students get to Emma? Is it intended to be mediated by the DOS? Or can they get credentials to access it themselves? What are they required to provide as proof of need if it's not meediated by DOS?
Thanks, Jessica. I have added that question to the list.
Can the resources be used for print disabled faculty and employees?
Thanks, Athena. Added to the list.
Ditto Athena- since faculty and employees often aren't registered with the school in the same way as students are?
Have you been in touch with NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled) about being a partner?
do you have the link for the mathml page?
Do you have any checks in the
EMMA information website: https://emma.uvacreate.virginia.edu/ Emma system to check the accessibility of the uploaded materials.
That is WILD.
thank you for a great session!
Thanks to everyone for your participation!
Thanks. Very interesting and helpful.
Beth Auten (she/her)