Advisory Meeting 6-28-12

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AccessText Advisory Meeting
Thursday, June 28, 2012

DSS Activity

  • 1,746 Total members, including 300 schools represented by alternate media centers
    • Michele asked about growth in membership. Here are the figures from the last 12 months:
      • JUN 2012: 32 new members so far
      • MAY 2012: 40
      • APR 2012: 21
      • MAR 2012: 13
      • FEB 2012: 35
      • JAN 2012: 86
      • DEC 2011: 39
      • NOV 2011: 33
      • OCT 2011: 35
      • SEP 2011: 59
      • AUG 2011: 126
      • JUL 2011: 41
      • JUN 2011: 54
  • File Exchange membership reduced to $375 until July 31

Publisher Activity

  • ATN member CQ Press reported their parent company, SAGE Publications, is interested in joining.
    • Bruce noted he would contact company to follow up.
  • 6,394 publisher files hosted on ATN server.
    • Bob noted that these files are stored by publisher voluntarily on ATN server to speed up download process.
  • Visited F.A. Davis office in Philadelphia

Conference Report

  • Recent
    • Texas AHEAD, San Antonio
      • Kane thanked Jean for sending out ATN info to AHEAD affiliates.
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Digital Accessibility Expo
    • AAP Rights and Permissions Committee Conference, New York
    • IDPF Digital Book Conference, New York
      • Bob noted mainstream accessibility-themed session
    • NFB Inclusive Publishing Conference, Baltimore
      • Michele Bruno described her conference presenttaion
  • Upcoming
    • AHEAD, New Orleans, July 9-14
      • Jean Ashmore noted attendance figures look good and exhibit hall is sold-out.
    • Accessing Higher Ground, Boulder
    • Utah AHEAD TBA

Mini Topic: Support for Accessible Commercial Etextbooks

Publishers and distributors offering accessible etextbooks will want to make students and DSS offices aware of these products.
There are several ways this issue can be addressed in ATN:
* Use of the Notes field of the Book Title record to provide information.
* Use of the 'Commercially Available' checkbox field in book title record.
  • Suggestions
    • Create a place on ATN website for publishers to promote accessible materials.
    • Vendor/distributor information would also be helpful for DSS.

Webinars

  • Recent
    • CommonLook PDF
  • Upcoming
    • July 26th - STEPP: The Student E-rent Pilot Project
    • August 22nd - SAM, The Student Accommodation Manager
    • September 12th - Kurzweil 3000 firefly
    • October 17th - Dolphin SaySo
    • November 8th - Premier: Integration of Digital Literacy and Learning Tools in the Classroom
    • December TBA

Accessible Textbook Finder Update

  • Working with Inkling to add them to search results.
  • APH still working on search API.

Exchange Update

  • 1,983 Files in Exchange, 49 processing
  • 28 Contributors

Roundtable/Attendees

Action Items