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ERIC Number: EJ925994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
E-Texts for All (Even Lucy): Ebooks and Accessibility
Booth, Char
Library Journal, v135 n13 p26-27 Aug 2010
If digital literacy is exploding, the visually disabled are taking the shrapnel. The author wagers that most librarians consider themselves committed to accessibility and make individual and organizational efforts to comply with (and often exceed) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their buildings and the Rehabilitation Act Section 508 standards on their websites. Over the past year, the author has been working closely with Lucy Greco, a colleague and disability advocate at the University of California-Berkeley (UC-B). Lucy, who has been blind from birth, has transformed the author's understanding of the ebook wars, including the realization that librarians have the responsibility to embrace their advocacy role in shaping its outcome. As one of the few public sector agencies charged with recognizing the access rights of all, libraries must collectively examine how they can steer the e-text trajectory--from ebooks to ejournals to any other format--in a more universally usable direction. By making access-positive decisions and partnering with the Lucys of the world, librarians can resist ereading inaccessibility and promote universal usability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973