Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education (FRAME): A new collaborative framework




  • Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


FRAME is a Mellon-funded collaboration between the libraries and DSOs at seven leading universities, four of their presses, and three key repositories: Bookshare, the Internet Archive, and HathiTrust. It is developing a federated repository of remediated content and source materials to dramatically increase access and reduce the burden on DSOs.


FRAME (Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education) is a Mellon-funded collaboration between the libraries and the Disability Services Offices (DSO) at seven universities (Virginia, George Mason, Illinois, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin), the university presses at four of them, and three major repositories: Bookshare, the Internet Archive, and the HathiTrust. It is a two-year, Mellon-funded project that is developing a federated repository for both remediated content and resources to remediate, providing unified search across all participating repositories and all content contributed by the participating universities. When the project is complete, the resulting repository and supporting infrastructure will be made available for other colleges and universities to join. The goal is to provide streamlined access to remediated resources as well as resources to remediate, dramatically improving access to accessible materials and significantly reducing the burden on DSOs.


  1. The work of DSOs can be dramatically streamlined through collaboration.
  2. By federating key repositories of content, materials can be made much easier to obtain.
  3. Academic libraries can have a greater role in collaborating with DSOs in their institutions.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bill Kasdorf

Bill Kasdorf, kasdorf.bill@gmail.com, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a consultancy focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, information infrastructure, standards and best practices alignment, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is active in the W3C (as the W3C Global Publishing Evangelist and serving on the Publishing Working Group, Publishing Business Group, and the EPUB 3 Community Group) and co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. He is Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). He is a member the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), serving on BISG’s Workflow Committee, the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), and the DAISY Consortium for accessibility. He is the recipient of the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. Bill has written and spoken widely on publishing technology and workflows and accessibility. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and co-editor of the BISG Guide to Accessible Publishing, and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing, having guest edited the January 2019 issue devoted to accessibility. In his consulting practice, he has served large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as NEJM, the National Academies Press, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, the American College of Physicians, and the Cochrane Library; aggregators such as VitalSource; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, ORCID, and the Publishing Office of the European Union.


FRAME--Federating Repositories (Kasdorf) 11-19-20 (PDF)