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Inclusive practice, digital data, and e-books

Posted on April 7th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

Screenshot of the Blackboard PIP communityI attended Sue Watling‘s workshop, ‘Promoting Inclusive Practice with Digital Data‘, today. (I know that Sue has delivered the same workshop in the past to groups of Library staff.) There’s also a Blackboard community to accompany the workshop.

My particular interest in usability / accessibility / inclusive design, as Sue knows, is around the accessible nature (or otherwise) of Library-digitised and born-digital library subscription resources: e-books, e-journals, and material scanned and digitised under the CLA’s comprehensive HE licence.

In particular, Sue and I have had a number of conversations about the frustrations we share around digital texts: which ought to be inherently accessible and a great asset, but which in practice are often only available in a form (or via a platform) covered in barriers to accessibility. Also around the lack of importance which the University can seem to place on accessibility, usability and access issues.

A little while ago, Sue and I made a start on an e-book usability/accessibility reference guide. To my shame (because I do think it’s important, it’s something that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and it’s something I’m interested in) …I let it fall by the wayside.

I’ve made a start again! It’s made up of a table containing information about the features of the three Library e-book platforms which are available at the University of Lincoln, plus a guide to using e-books. Both parts are publicly-editable Google documents, so feel free to edit them.