Re: [Videolib] Compliance

Susan Weber (
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 13:23:27 -0700

I am from Canada where we don't have ADA legislation. Still, we have a
duty to serve disabled students. I have had to get captions done on an
automotive service video series to accommodate a hard-of-hearing student.
The captions were not available, and the content is not common, so
there was no option. We applied for, and received, special funding to
get the series captioned. Before getting the captions done, we had to get
permission from the producer. If they had requested, we would have
supplied the captioning, after it was done.
Today, there are more cost-effective ways to get captions done than
there were 5 years ago.


Ciara Healy wrote:

>Hey Video Libbers,
> I am about to have a meeting with the person at my college who handles
>ADA compliance. She is concerned about Closed Captioning for all media.
>Also, this has bled over into a general concern for complying with the
>ADA all over the library. I have seen the ALA's statement and seen a
>variety of policies on college media services websites that run the
>gamut form a paragraph promising to accommodate to really detailed lists
>of what, how, for whom and when accommodation is possible. What about
>media services in particular, from any official body? Is there a
>minimum? A good medium? The policy and good intention does not seem
>enough, but buying special equipment just-in-case seems too much.
> Has anyone had to try to replace uncaptioned videos in their
>collection? I am primarily concerned with those that don't have the best
>production values or are distributed by smaller companies or may not be
>offered in multiple formats or are quite a bit older. I am at a
>technical college so think videos about polymers or engines as well as
>those about Gawain the Green Knight.
>p.s. If anyone else wants to weigh in about my earlier post about rogue
>collections i.e. wrangling videos back from departments (by the hundreds
>and hundreds) I am dying to hear from you.
>Videolib mailing list


Susan Weber, Media Librarian

Langara College, Advanced Education Media

Acquisitions Centre_

100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 2Z6

Tel. 604-323-5533 email:

Fast Forward Media Showcase, May 2-3, 2006

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