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NISO Plus 2021 is going to be a global virtual event, happening literally around the world February 22-25, 2021. Building on the wonderful response to NISO Plus 2020, we’re bringing the same quality of content and conversation to this born-digital event, with dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe. Scheduled to maximize attendance from as many timezones as possible, there will be things for you to see and do around the clock if you wish...or, pick and choose to make the experience perfect for your interests.

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Monday, February 22 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Accessibility and ebooks - strategies for ensuring it is done well

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NISO Discourse Discussion for this session
https://discourse.niso.org/t/accessibility-and-ebooks-strategies-for-ensuring-it-is-done-well/75

Ebooks offer enormous accessibility opportunities for print-disabled individuals, from the quality of the reading experience to the timely availability of content. These achievements are largely due to huge efforts in the areas of both open standards and modern software tools. However, due to the complex nature of the publishing and distribution supply chain, end users may still face challenges when they simply want to acquire and read an ebook. Our speakers will introduce what ebook accessibility is, who it benefits, what open standards to be aware of, how to check ebooks for accessibility, and how to ensure that accessible content is recognized as such in distribution channels.
They will also introduce the open source & non-profit initiatives which greatly ease the setup of an accessible publishing workflow, linking together publishers, distributors, ebooksellers, public libraries, universities and end users.
This session will allow participants and speakers to discuss how we can ensure that the whole ebook publishing and distribution supply chain is well aligned towards providing content to everybody, what best practices are required, and who needs to be involved.

Moderators
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Clarissa West-White

Reference Instructor/Research Librarian, Bethune Cookman University

Speakers
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Marisa DeMeglio

Software Developer, DAISY Consortium
Marisa DeMeglio is a software developer for the DAISY Consortium. She has spent the past two decades working in the field of accessibility and ebooks, with projects ranging from alternate interface design and desktop reading software, to production chain format converters, to systems... Read More →
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Laurent Le Meur

CTO, EDRLab
Laurent Le Meur is CTO of the European Digital Reading Lab and President of the Readium Foundation. He has a Computer Science background and has been leading innovative software projects for the last 20 years. He's leading the work of EDRLab and Readium on open-source development... Read More →


Monday February 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Room 3
  Global Perspectives
  • Host Organization NISO