Accessible Content ePortal Grows to over 10,000 Titles
This summer the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) announced that its Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) had reached an important milestone. In collaboration with Internet Archive Canada, 10,000 titles are now digitized and available via ACE to support the research needs of academic library users with print disabilities in Ontario. Beginning as an OCUL pilot project in 2013, ACE became a core Scholars Portal service the following year, and in 2015 the service was extended to the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).
“The Ontario College Libraries are proud participants in and contributors to ACE - a service which removes barriers for patrons with print disabilities and enables participating institutions to meet their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA),” said Corinne Abba, Chair of the HLLR-AODA Committee for Ontario College Libraries. “ACE is an excellent example of the work being done in academic libraries to remove barriers, to advocate on behalf of accessibility, and to support library patrons of all abilities. The goal is to find solutions for everything; to go beyond the minimum requirements and to become fully inclusive.”