Transitioning your campus to EPUB 3




  • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
  • Teressa Keenan, Head, Bibliographic Management Services and Accessibility Liaison., University of Montana
  • Joseph Polizzotto, Alternative Media Supervisor, University of California, Berkeley

Session Details

  • Length of Session: Quick Talks
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Formally published works are now coming as born Accessible EPUB 3, the most accessible format ever developed. Professors, who publish or perish, need to be introduced to modern publishing standards. The instructional design teams need to play a supporting role as well. Two top universities will share the comprehensive approaches they are taking.


Now that the publishing industry is delivering Born Accessible EPUB 3, it is time for your campus to do the same! This session will look at the practical steps a university can take to make the information on campus fully accessible using EPUB 3. We will be looking at some of the simple changes, like advocating for the selection of Born Accessible digital titles for courses and licensed library materials. Finally, we will tackle the interesting and complicated task of authoring Born Accessible EPUB 3. Fortunately, the prospect of getting professors excited to adopt something new is made possible because of increased interest in online learning and use of OER as well as the availability of simple means to create from Microsoft Word, Pages, GoogleDocs, InDesign, and even LaTex.


  1. How to introduce the benefits and adoption of EPUB 3 to campus personnel.
  2. How to Establish a procurement policy that helps students and reduce the institution’s exposure to
  3. Professors embracing Born Accessible EPUB 3is essential to establish, and it is no more work for them.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, EPUB Track, Faculty Development & Support, Institutional/Campus Change, Legal, Procurement, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

George Kerscher

George Kerscher Ph.D.

“Access to information is a fundamental human right.” 2003 to the United Nations George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term "print disabled." George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people. George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody. As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and member of Publishing Groups in the W3C, Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Teressa Keenan

Joseph Polizzotto