Northeastern University Libraries participated in a 2003 LSTA Mini Grant
for Training Enhancements to serve persons with disabilities at
Northeastern University. Part of the grant money went toward closed
captioning some of our non-captioned videos. Of course, at the time, much
of our high-use collection was in VHS format. Over the years we had been
asked by our Disability Resources Center to caption our entire collection.
We were unable to afford this, of course, but the DRC worked with us on the
This following paragraph appeared in our grant application:
Closed captioning of videotapes
Approximately 1/10th of the Libraries' video collection is captioned.
Most instructional and documentary videos do not come captioned, and
often students must hire an interpreter to learn the material that may
be required for an assignment. To increase use of this collection, the
Libraries needs to contract with a professional captioning service to
caption selected titles. The highest priority, based on demand, will be
the captioning of the series, "A Look at Productive Tutoring
Techniques," which will provide Deaf tutors with the same level of
training that all other tutors in the Libraries' Peer Tutoring program
receive. The Libraries has already received permission to caption this
series. Other titles to be captioned will be those in the humanities,
sciences, and social sciences, those frequently put on reserve in the
Media Center by faculty for assignments. The Libraries has already
gotten permission from one of the largest educational distributors,
Films for the Humanities and Sciences, to caption their titles. The
reality, however, is that captioning is very expensive.
We used CCMaker in New Hampshire. We had 28 videotapes captioned, using
$4554 of grant funds, and approximately $4,000 of library funds.
Debra H. Mandel,
Head, Digital Media Design Studio
Northeastern University Libraries
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Sent by: cc
RE: [Videolib] closed captioning
for videos and dvds
Please respond to
First - buyVHS with CC if possible however we buy no VHS if we can help it.
Next : Most DVDs have CC. FInally, ADA says reasonable accomodation.
Students who need CC contact our deaf service center and their professors
to find out what they will need to watch at the beginning of the semester.
If the library does not have it in CC, we can usually get it thru ILL. THe
student, however, must plan ahead, communicate, be proactive, etc. THis is
part of a university education.
Diane Welch Kazlauskas, MSLS, Ed.D. (and incidently a disabled person)
Thomas G. Carpenter Library
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL 32224
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Vance, Christine
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 10:57 AM
Subject: [Videolib] closed captioning for videos and dvds
Have any of you been requested to provide closed captioning of videos and
dvds for hearing impaired students? I’m interested in your library’s
policies regarding this, where/how you have it done, rights issues and
anything else you can share. Thanks.
Assistant Manager/Media Specialist
University of Montana
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