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Tuesday, March 24 • 9:05am - 9:50am
Audiobook accessibility

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This session will cover accessibility issues in mainstream audiobook formats, the relevance of the DAISY standard for audiobooks, and work being done on the new audiobook standard, as well as a discussion of various automated tools to help make audiobooks more accessible. It will also look at how audiobooks are produced from a variety of perspectives: publisher, user, and alternate format producer (such as CNIB or NNELS). The panel will discuss the issues with audiobook accessibility and what tools and new standards are coming that will help address the challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior QA Analyst, Rakuten Kobo
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Albert

Jessica Albert

Digital and Art Director, ECW Press
Jessica Albert is the Digital and Art Director at ECW Press where she works on ebooks, accessibility, audiobooks, book covers, and metadata — sometimes all at once. When not playing fetch with her dog, Jessica has been working to overhaul the digital production and metadata systems... Read More →
avatar for Danny Faris

Danny Faris

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Danny Faris is a blind software engineer from British Columbia. An avid reader, he's listened to audiobooks from digital DAISY, audio CD, and even cassette tape. Now, with audiobooks fast gaining popularity in the mainstream market, we're excited to explore a brand new delivery method... Read More →
avatar for Simon Jaeger

Simon Jaeger

Accessibility Tester, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Simon Jaeger, from Nanaimo, BC, is a technology and accessibility enthusiast, audio producer, and avid reader. He has experience with a wide variety of reading software and devices and excellent working knowledge of audio formats, as well as 10 years of audio editing and production... Read More →
avatar for Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Manager, Audio Publishing, CNIB
Robert Gordon manages CNIB’s Audio Publishing and Distribution departments, coordinating the creation and circulation of DAISY audio productions in French and English on behalf of CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access. CNIB’s Accessible Publishing department has been transcribing... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 9:05am - 9:50am EDT
CR2 (ground floor)

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