May 16, 2022

Video Recording of ARL Webinar: “Research Libraries and Publishers on the Value of Inclusive Learning Resources”

The following video was recorded on March 17, 2015 and released on the ARL YouTube Channel earlier this week.


Produced by ARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska, this webinar was designed to raise awareness about the value of producing or procuring accessible born-digital resources to support library users of all abilities. Presenters were:

  • Stephen Spong, Ontario College of Art and Design University
  • Laura Wood, Tufts University
  • Kim Brewster, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Robin Seaman, Benetech
  • Katya Pereyaslavska, Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Speaker bios can be accessed here.

Webinar Goals

The webinar is designed to:

  • Raise awareness of accessibility standards and help establish a community of practice across research libraries and affiliated vendors
  • Share how research libraries in the United States and Canada are evolving to foster more inclusive learning environments for users of all abilities
  • Develop awareness among (and research library partnerships with) scholarly publishers to achieve a shared strategic goal of compliance with accessibility legislation
  • Cultivate mindfulness of the obligations and responsibilities of publishers and research libraries with respect to providing accessible content to students and researchers with reading disabilities
  • Increase understanding of the needs of print-disabled users and the formats and delivery models that are required to address the range of needs of that diverse group
  • Initiate an active dialogue among stakeholders that will encourage the development of new and innovative solutions to the problems of equitable access

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.