Alternate Format Production Service in Nova Scotia: A University and Community College Collaborative Study

Stenstrom, Cheryl Alternate Format Production Service in Nova Scotia: A University and Community College Collaborative Study., 2007 . In Collections 2007: Reinvigorating Collection Development and Management, INCO Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, May 23, 2007. (Unpublished) [Presentation]


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Studies have shown students with print and other disabilities face challenges in obtaining post-secondary credentials, however, there are specific supports that can increase their chances of success. While commendable efforts have been made to increase the availability of support services for post-secondary students with disabilities in Nova Scotia by both the Province of Nova Scotia and individual educational institutions, the provision of alternate format materials for print-challenged students remains problematic. Students aren't receiving consistent service across the province, nor are efficiencies in production and delivery being realized. In 2006, the Atlantic Centre of Research, Access and Support for Students with Disabilities at Saint Mary's University initiated a research project to assess the feasibility of a centralized alternate format production service intended for post-secondary students across the province. The Feasibility Study was informed by interviews with disability services staff, library representatives and related organizations from across Nova Scotia; interviews and reviews of existing services in BC, Manitoba and Ontario; reviews of selected reports addressing access to alternate format materials in Canada; and a roundtable session with Nova Scotian stakeholders. The study resulted in a proposal of a consortial model for province-wide service and written documentation of findings.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Alternate formats, Academic libraries, Nova Scotia, Disabilities, Learning disabilities, Visual impairments
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BI. User interfaces, usability.
Depositing user: Andrew Waller
Date deposited: 27 Nov 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:56


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