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Friday, June 1 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
CELA and Bookshare: Partnering to Serve Manitobans with Print Disabilities

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The Centre for Equitable Library Access or CELA, is a national, not-for-profit organization providing accessible materials to Canadians with print disabilities through public libraries such as Winnipeg, Western Manitoba and Portage La Prairie. Driven by a commitment to innovation and responsiveness to patron and member library needs, CELA is reinventing its user interfaces with an open source solution and migrating its catalogue to a new platform developed in partnership with Benetech, Inc. Benetech is a nonprofit with a focus on developing software for social good and the producer of Bookshare. Bookshare offers the largest collection of accessible materials in the world and is offered to patrons for free from libraries that are CELA members. The main benefit of this implementation will be the combining of the Bookshare and CELA collections into one searchable and transactional catalogue. This and other improvements will be discussed by representatives from CELA and Bookshare.

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Michael Ciccone

Executive Director, Centre for Equitable Library Access
Michael Ciccone has over 20 years of public library leadership experience, managing collections, technical services, historical collections, web presence, and data gathering and analysis. In addition to his role as Executive Director of CELA , he is a member of the eBound Canada board... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT