accessibility

University of Michigan Press Named Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ Publisher, First University Press

by Theresa Schmid January 26, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI 01/27/2021 – University of Michigan Press is now a Benetech Global Certified Accessible™ (GCA) publisher, and is the first university press to receive this certification. Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good, issues this accreditation to those publishers who produce EPUBs that meet a full range of accessibility features required to support readers with and without disabilities and learning differences. Benetech’s GCA publisher certification program is the first ever, third-party EPUB certification program to verify ebook accessibility. All approved publishers have demonstrated success consistently producing files in accordance with Benetech’s GCA certification standard, […]

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University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection Debuts at the Charleston Conference

by Kathryn Beaton November 1, 2018

From our Director of Sales and Marketing, Lanell White:   Next week the Charleston Library Conference will welcome librarians, publishers, and vendor partners to Charleston, S.C. to discuss the key issues, topics, and innovations in scholarly communications. This year the theme of “Oh wind – if winter comes, can spring be far behind?” embodies a sense of anticipation around transitions not only between seasons, but also the sea change happening around ebook distribution models, namely that the academy is taking the lead in selling its content. This year Michigan Publishing is excited to be a part of this transformation. The […]

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Interview: Francesca Coppa, “The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age”

by Kathryn Beaton August 29, 2017

Our author Francesca Coppa recently answered questions from our editorial director, Mary Francis, about her new book The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age.    When I first got the manuscript for this book I couldn’t stop reading: some of these writers are just great storytellers.  Was it hard to choose among the fanfic you know and love? Oh, it was brutal, actually; there’s so much terrific fanfiction out there you wouldn’t believe it.  And there’s no way anyone can read all of it.  So I had to set rules very quickly. Length was a big one: these stories […]

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U-M Press Ebook Accessibility Working Group Annual Report

by Charles Watkinson August 9, 2017

U-M Press’ EBook Accessibility Working Group continues to make progress towards increasing the accessibility of the Press’ digital content and user experience. During the last year the group, working with authors and Press editors, created 4 fully-accessible titles (which includes alternative text and long descriptions of all images in the narrative) in the Press’ Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Book Series. The Working Group continues to evaluate and iterate upon the Press’ existing production workflows to make the creation of accessible EBooks an efficient process that can be extended to all U-M Press titles in the future. In addition to its work […]

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University of Michigan Hosts Workshop on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications

by Jonathan McGlone December 21, 2016
Photograph of a small group discussion during the Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications Workshop

On December 5 and 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Library and Press, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, hosted a workshop in Ann Arbor on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications. The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and improves the sustainability and discoverability of visual content. The purpose of this workshop was to foster dialog among the many groups concerned with describing visual resources—invited experts from academic and […]

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