Minutes of April 11, 2016 meeting

Z. Bonianian., K. Conover., D. Gingery, E. Kalamotousis, R. Negron., J. Rake., A.Richardson, T. McNally - Camden, P. Young., Chair; Minutes
Joseph Abraham, Janet Croft, Chris Sterback, Ashwin Bijur

The group convened on a special day to consider recent major developments in University web policy and how it will directly affect library e-reserves. Due to the importance of this issue, Joe Abraham, in his capacity of Chair of the Advisory Committee on Library Services for Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Committee), addressed the group for the first hour and ten minutes. He reviewed the Disabilities Committee's written recommendations for e-reserves compliance.

1. Disability Committee

Rutgers University World Wide Web Policy was adopted on March 18, 2016. (University Policy 70.1.5). http://policies.rutgers.edu/sites/policies/files/00001719.PDF We must be in compliance with the latest version of the World Wide Web Consortium's standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.0 AA

Focus of the recommendation document

Responsibility for clear, presentable materials should be on faculty first. After that, how much would we as staff do to help obtain a clearer copy? How far would we assist faculty, if at all? We must educate faculty as to the policy and the procedure.

Joe briefly demonstrated Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software on a display of the University's Policy document (in MS-Word). OCR testing for e-reserves is necessary so users with a print disability may use their adaptive software to read text.

Joe offered a brief discussion regarding Media issues:

Paul noted that the recommendation document offers a good foundation for how to proceed.

Course of action

2. Cataloging

3. Off-site reserves

4. Copyright discussion

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