RE: [Videolib] Compliance

Bergman, Barbara J (
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:57:36 -0500

Ditto to what Rick said. I've talked to our campus disability services
coordinator about issues such as this and her response is "reasonable
accomodation." If given advance notice--which is supposed to come from
the disability services office--that a hearing impaired student needed
closed captioning on a required video, we would have the captioning
done. The student is expected to be proactive & work with the
disability services staff & their professors.

We haven't had to do so yet for the few students that might need CC, so
I assume that enough of our videos have CC and/or that instructors
choose to accommodate by other means - an extra written assignment, for

Barb Bergman
Media Services Librarian
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(507) 389-5945

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rick Provine
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 3:02 PM
To: Videolib;
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Compliance

Hey Ciara:

I think it is good to buy captioned titles whenever possible, as a
matter of policy. But we all know it is not always possible. I don't
believe this means you have to manufacture them for all titles. The law
requires "reasonable accommodation" and this can be accomplished through
cooperative service with your clients. If they need help with a video,
we help them. I do not believe it necessary that you decimate your
budgets for just-in-case scenarios. Know your users, and you can meet
their needs.


>>> 4/25/2006 3:06 PM >>>
Hey Video Libbers,
I am about to have a meeting with the person at my college who
ADA compliance. She is concerned about Closed Captioning for all
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
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
production values or are distributed by smaller companies or may not
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
collections i.e. wrangling videos back from departments (by the
and hundreds) I am dying to hear from you.

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