A colleague of mine forwarded this presentation by James Michalko from OCLC to me. The presentation was done at the Keio Symposium earlier this month. One of James’ slides, based on data from the US Department of Education, NCES Academic Library Survey 1998 – 2008, shows projections that academic library expenditures on purchased and licensed content will by 80% ebooks and ejournals by the year 2020. Comparing this to the charts figures from 1998 are staggering. In 1998 only 10% of expenditures were electronic. OCLC has a page with a variety of presentations from their staff members. It’s worth a look, plenty of good data and projections.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers. Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview. It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
Each week the number of blog posts and articles relating to eBooks, publishing, and eReaders is on the rise. This week was no exception. Articles I am linking to focus on the use of readers in elementary schools and higher ed and how fast/slow reading is on devices, future of publishing and business models, textbook costs, and the new SONY reader library program.
Departments of Education and Justice Announce Continuing Commitment to Accessible Technology for All Students | U.S. Department of Education
This posting is taken in full from a U.S. Dept. of Education Press Release.
Today, the Departments of Justice and Education announced the publication of a joint ‘Dear Colleague’ letter reaffirming the agencies’ commitment to ensuring students with disabilities have equal access to emerging technologies in institutions of higher education.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the two departments share responsibility for protecting the rights of college and university students with disabilities. These landmark laws bar institutions of higher education from requiring the use of technology that is inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, unless the institutions provide accommodations or modifications that would permit an individual with a disability to use the technology in an equally effective manner. Continue reading
Being part of the Wright State University community has given me a whole new perspective on students with disabilities. Approximately 10% of our population is part of this community. It is very difficult for these students to get their textbooks and other course material in a format appropriate to their needs. That has just been made easier with the announcement of the U.S. College and University Partnership with Bookshare. Bookshare is the largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Their press release contains all the details of this new program. Text of this release is also below, click on more. Continue reading