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Friday, June 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Services for patrons with print disabilities: improved access to audiobooks, e-text and braille through CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access

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For the nearly 3 million Canadians who cannot read print due to a learning, visual or physical disability, the ability to read materials in accessible formats is vital to enjoying a lifelong love of learning and reading. In recent years, most public libraries in Canada, including in Newfoundland and Labrador and other Atlantic provinces, have taken steps to provide exceptional inclusive services through CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access to their patrons with print disabilities. In addition to local audiobook and e-text collections, CELA libraries provide access to an additional 600,000 items such as books, magazines and newspapers in audiobook, e-text and braille formats.
Join us for a virtual tour of CELA's improved digital platform, launched this spring. Libraries will learn about a simplified registration process for patrons, educators and other professionals, and better search and item retrieval options allowing patrons to download or borrow titles from both CELA, and a partner organization called Bookshare. Participants will also learn about the apps and technologies to read CELA’s books, magazines and newspapers, and about CELA’s commitment to including indigenous works, award-winning titles including the Hackmatack Children's Book Choice Awards and more.

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Kyran Griffin

Administrative Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries
Kyran currently works as an Administrative Officer of Technical Services for Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. This involves directing and overseeing all cataloguing in NLPL and working on projects that involve Technical Services. Her background is in government and academic... Read More →
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Rachel Breau

Manager, Member Services, CELA
Rachel has worked in accessible library services for nearly 20 years connecting library patrons with print disabilities, library staff, educators and other professionals who support them, with alternate format books and reading technologies. With a special interest in fostering the... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
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