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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Enhancing User Accessibility in Library Products

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About 650 million or roughly put 10% of the world’s population live with some form of disability or the other (Source: http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/). Libraries play a very important role in the life-long learning of individuals and research shows that a significant number of people still go to the libraries, inclusive of the disabled. One study released in July 2012 talks about 56% respondents who went to the library in the last year, at least once. (Source: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/06/22/part-4-how-people-used-the-library-in-the-past-year/ ). Given the diversity of people that use libraries and library related products, especially with evolving technology, companies that feed libraries with content and create library products, need to ensure they are accessible to one and all. Several standards such as Section 508, WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 lay down guidelines to follow to promote web accessibility. Besides library product companies, librarians and library users can also do their bit in enhancing accessibility in library products and content.

This panel discussion on “Enhancing User Accessibility in Library Products” has been structured with a diverse representation of product and service companies that are in the library, publishing and educational domains, with people who have a strong business and technology background. The panel will facilitate a lively interactive lunch discussion around:

1. Why is accessibility of significance to the library market?
2. What are the standard guidelines in building accessibility in library products?
3. What roles do product companies, librarians and users play in promoting accessibility?
4. What practices and implementation techniques can be adopted over and above the standard guidelines in building a truly accessible product?
5. A case study brought to the table to highlight the points discussed

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Timothy Babbitt

SVP, Platform Management, ProQuest
Tim Babbitt is Senior Vice President, ProQuest Platforms and is responsible for bringing innovation to platform content and tools that support researchers across the entire lifecycle of their research. Prior to joining ProQuest in 2009, Babbitt served as the Chief Information Officer at JSTOR. In addition, Babbitt has been on the business school faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and at the Rochester Institute of... Read More →
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Frank Menchaca

Executive Vice President, Research Solutions, Gale, Cengage Learning
Frank Menchaca is executive vice president of Gale, Cengage Learning.  Frank began his career with Gale in 1994. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility since then, including vice president and publisher of four imprints: Charles Scribner's Sons, Macmillan Reference USA, Schirmer Reference and Twayne Publishers, all while continuing the company's Spanish publishing initiative. Among Frank’s accomplishments at Gale... Read More →
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Rajini Padmanaban

Director,Testing Engagements, QA InfoTech
As Director of Engagement, Rajini Padmanaban leads the engagement and relationship management for some of QA InfoTech's largest and most strategic accounts. She has more than eleven years of professional experience, primarily in the software quality assurance space. Rajini actively advocates software quality assurance through evangelistic activities including writing on test trends, technologies and best practices, providing insights on... Read More →
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Mukesh Sharma

CEO, QA InfoTech
As founder and CEO of QA InfoTech Worldwide, Mukesh is responsible for the company's vision and leads the organization's worldwide operations, marketing, sales and development efforts. He founded QA InfoTech with a vision to provide unbiased Quality Assurance (QA) testing solutions and has grown the organization to five Centers of Excellence with over 600 employees.   Mukesh began his technology career with DCM Data Systems as a software... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Francis Marion Pinckney Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403