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Access/ibility: Access and Usability for Digital Publishing

Readings and Resources

While not a comprehensive list, the following readings served as starting points for the seminar and provide a series of conceptual frames for the work of the project as we worked to categorized and share key works from each of our areas of specialization. These readings include monographs, edited collections, blogs, webtexts, and a range of other genres and resources; in future iterations, this list will become a more formal annotated bibliography.

Disability, Accessibility, and the Web
Access, Archives, Preservation, Curation
Metadata for Accessibility and Usability
Open Access (OA) and the Economics of Accessibility

Disability, Accessibility, and the Web

Patricia A. Dunn & Kathleen Dunn De Mers. (2002). Reversing Notions of Disability and Accommodation: Embracing Universal Design in Writing Pedagogy and Web Space. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 7(1):

Michael Salvo. (2002). Deafened to Their Demands: An Ethnographic Study of Accommodation. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 7(1):

Marlana Portolano. (2002). Deaf Adoption: A Rhetorician's New Family. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 7(1):

Brenda Brueggemann, Wendy L. Chrisman, Angeline Kapferer, Marian Lupo, & Ben Patton. (2002). Performing (Everyday) Exceptionalities: A Web-Text on Disability in Drama and Performance Art. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 7(1):

Susan Grover & Anne Hendricks. (2002). Accommodating Specific Learning Disorders in the Classroom: Minor Effort, Major Benefits. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 7(1):

Melanie Yergeau, Elizabeth Brewer, Stephanie Kerschbaum, Sushil K. Oswal, Margaret Price, Cynthia L. Selfe, Michael J. Salvo, & Franny Howes. (2013). Multimodality in Motion: Disability & Kairotic Spaces. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 18(1):

Margaret Price. (2011). Mad at School: Rhetorics of Disability in Academic Life. U of Michigan Press.

Amanda Baggs. (2007). In My Language. YouTube: Annotation by Rebecca Garden.

Meloncon, Lisa, Ed. (2013). Rhetorical AccessAbility: At the Intersection of Technical Communication and Disability Studies. Baywood Publishing.

Reilly, Colleen. A. (2010). alt: Accessible web design or token gesture? In Bradley Dilger & Jeff Rice, Eds. From A to <A>: Keywords of Markup (pp. 33-48). U of Minnesota Press.

Elizabeth Grace. (2013). "Cognitively Accessible Language (Why We Should Care)."

Julia Bascom. Just Stimming (blog):

Melissa Helquist's research on accessibility, especially through the use of screen readers:

Museums With Programs For People With Disabilities

[At the MNHS Press, we work with our museum colleagues to learn best practices in the museum field that we can apply to our publishing practice, and vice versa. Sample of resources we've gathered, below. PJM]

MOMA - many programs for people with disabilities

National Museums Liverpool: House of Memories app

Museum Access Consortium - group of NYC museums who share access ideas/experience

CCAC (Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium)

Access, Archives, Preservation, Curation


Special issue on Access from Journal of Electronic Publishing:*?rgn=full+text

Sean Zdenek. (2009). Acessible Podcasting (on accessibility vs. availability).

Lewin, Tamar. (2015). "Harvard and M.I.T. Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions." New York Times.


Emily Reynolds (2013). Web Archiving Use Cases. Library of Congress, UMSI, ASB13.

Marlene Manoff. (2004). Theories of the Archives Across Disciplines. portal: Libraries and the Academy,4(1): 9–25.

John Leighton John, et al. (2009). Digital Lives: Personal Digital Archives for the 21st Century.

AIMS Work Group (2012). AIMS Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship.

Jim Boulten. (2012). The One, and Only, Digital Archeology.

Digital Preservation

Sustainability of Digital Formats: Planning for Library of Congress Collections

Alain Depocas, Jon Ippolito, & Caitlin Jones, Eds. (2003). Permanence Through Change: The Variable Media Approach. Guggenheim Foundation.

Matthew Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, & Gabriela Redwine.(2010). Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections. Council on Library and Information Resources.

OCLC and CRL (2007). Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist

Curation Reference Manual. Digital Curation Centre

Priscilla Caplan. (2009). Understanding PREMIS. The Library of Congress

Ross Harvey.(2010). Digital Curation: A How-to-do-it Manual. Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Digital Preservation Tools and Resources

Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry

National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) Tool Showcase

Digital Curation Centre's Resources for Digital Curators

PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementing Solutions)

Variable Media Questionnaire

Metadata for Accessibility and Usability

Jenn Riley. (2010). Glossary of Metadata Standards. Indiana University Libraries.

PREMIS (Preservation Metadata: Implementing Solutions)

Priscilla Caplan. (2009). Understanding PREMIS. The Library of Congress.

Open Access (OA) and the Economics of Accessibility

Directory of Open Access Journals.

Peter Suber. (2012). Open Access. MIT Press. Free download:

Summaries of eight (8) Mellon-funded OA Projects in AAUP-member presses:

Open Access & Accessibility Resources

Sarah Beaubien and Max Eckard. (2014) "Addressing Faculty Publishing Concerns with Open Access Journal Quality Indicators." Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(2).

Vandegrift, M, Bolick, J. (2014). "Free to All": Library Publishing and the Challenge of Open Access. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(4):eP1181.

John Willinsky. (2006). Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship.

Bernius, S., Hanauske, M., König, W., & Dugall, B. (2009). Open access models and their implications for the players on the scientific publishing market. Economic Analysis and Policy, 39(1): 103-116.

Intellectual Property / Licensing

"Open and Shut," Bethany Nowviskie on negotiating author's contract for publication:

"Author rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article."

Creative Commons (open licensing),