crazy idea

Lloyd Chittenden (
Thu, 21 Nov 2002 12:09:21 -0800 (PST)

I appologize for duplication, I'm sending this to several lists.

I have this crazy idea. I'm thinking about trying to get a grant for
it, but I want some input from more people to see if there might be
problems I don't anticipate. I work at Irvine Valley College Library.
My idea is for coordinating the closed captioning of videos in college
The problem is that college libraries are required to add closed
captions to their videos based on Section 504, and Section 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act, and Title II of ADA. Currently California is
craking down on colleges to actually do this (Title 5 and AB 422).
Other states may follow suit, but for now this may only effect
California colleges.
Many colleges are all starting up projects to do this. Many colleges
own copies of the same videos, and if they are not coordinated the same
work will be repeated many times in different colleges.
My thought is that a single organization, perhaps a college,
could do two things to help. First, we could create a database of the
videos that other colleges have captioned. When a college needs a
captioned version of a video, they would use the database to find and
contact the college that has done the work, and get a copy from them for
The other thing this organization would try to do is centralize
and simplify getting copyright permission. I would like to ask the
video copyright holders to allow this organization of colleges blanket
permission to make copies of their videos within certain guidelines.
Those guidelines would be that we would not make copies of videos that
are available for sale in closed captioned versions. We would not make
a copy of a video unless the recipient of the copy already owned a
non-closed captioned version of the video. The recipient of the
captioned version would destroy their non-captioned version. Perhaps
some other guidelines would be necessary to get the copyright holders to
Another thing we could offer the copyright holders is copies of
the videos with captions that the colleges create. They could then use
them to make captioned version for sale.
If the copyright holders still won't go along, perhaps the law could be
changed to allow such a process without their permission.
I know about the High Tech Center Training Unit. They have a database
like the one I'm proposing, but it is very small (650 videos), and their
purpose seems to be simply to facilitate ILL (which really just
duplicates OCLC), not to distribute copies. If they are duplicating
OCLC, wouldn't my project duplicate OCLC in a way? I wonder if this
could be done with OCLC somehow?
Does this sound like a good idea? Is it realistic? Do you see
problems? Do you have suggestions? Who should I contact for more



Lloyd Chittenden
Library Technician
Irvine Valley College Library
5500 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone:  (949) 451-5712

Lloyd Chittenden
Library Technician
Irvine Valley College Library
5500 Irvine Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone:  (949) 451-5712