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Wednesday, June 8 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Lightning Talk! Building A Better E-Book Accessibility Audit

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Building A Better E-Book Accessibility Audit:

My project involved creating an audit that would allow the library to more fully understand the accessibility needs of their users and test if those needs are being met by the databases and e-books within our catalogue.

The project summarizes the background of other accessibility audits I learned from and built upon, and the way I attempted to solve the challenges presented by audits of the past; including the difficulty with testing certain features such as text-to-speech, and the time commitment required to complete audits in one session while balancing other work.

With the use of Dalhousie’s Opinio software I was able to create an audit with sophisticated branching that could output the answers to Excel. This frees auditors from data input, allowing more time for data interpretation. Opinio as an audit tool is also useable on a variety of devices including computers, smartphones and tablets.


Sam Schwanak (they/them)

Graduate Student, Dalhousie University
Sam is a non-binary autistic librarian from the east coast. They are interested in accessibility, intersectionality and social justice in the Information Management field.

Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am ADT