Tag Archives: Benetech

Bookshare: 10 million accessible book downloads

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Hats off to Bookshare — a global literacy initiative aimed at providing accessible books free for people unable to read standard print — as they reach a record 10 million ebook downloads by print-disabled readers. Because 90% of books published in the United States are unavailable in accessible formats, people who are dyslexic, blind or have low vision have extremely ... Read More »

3D printing and educational equity at ALA Annual

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “3D printing is the latest wave of the digital revolution,” as stated by OITP’s senior information policy analyst Charlie ... Read More »

How are libraries offering socially-conscious 3D services?

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3D printers may seem novel, but they are already being harnessed for social good. A prime example: The Silicon Valley-based social advocacy organization Benetech has forged a partnership between libraries, museums and schools to level the playing field for learners with disabilities. Learn more about this innovative partnership at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. ... Read More »

Revolutionary ways to offer e-books to the print-disabled

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There has been a shift in the way people access information: E-books and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how we read and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible for the print-disabled. As a result, people with disabilities such as vision impairments, physical limitations ... Read More »

Reflections on a South-by experience

Highbrow meets hijinks If you haven’t been yet, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the all-the-rage conference in Austin that can only be described as highbrow meets hijinks. For every insightful point made at the convention center, there’s at least one beer swilled on Sixth Street. For every transformative technology shown on the expo floor, there’s at least one brisket sandwich ... Read More »