In this new year update
1. Introduction: changes in the RNIB Bookshare team
2. Our customers: growing our reach
3. Books: collection, requests and book chasing
4. Publishers: exciting updates: new publishers are now live
5. New RNIB Bookshare video content
6. RNIB Bookshare anywhere: iPad grant with VICTA Children
7. Thank you and acknowledgements
A very happy new year from all the RNIB Bookshare team!!
As the year begins again, we bring you RNIB Bookshare’s first update of the year – and hope you are in a warm and cosy environment in which to receive it.
Firstly, we have had some exciting changes within our RNIB Bookshare team. Both Jennie and Elliot have moved on to pastures new – but have not gone far, instead they remain within the organisation, undertaking new and exciting challenges!
Greetings from me
My name is Stacy and I am delighted to tell you that I have taken on the role as RNIB Bookshare Manager. Jennie will of course be very missed, but I will do my best to fill her shoes! I have extensive experience in the sight loss education sector, with a keen focus on access to STEM education. I am blind and hold a Mathematics degree from Stirling, so my fervour is both personal and professional. I am delighted to make your ‘digital acquaintance’ and look forward to getting to know you all through this list and beyond.
Please welcome Sharon
We in the team are delighted to announce a new member to the RNIB Bookshare family, Sharon Bothwell. Sharon joined us towards the end of 2017; through our apprenticeships for people with sight loss scheme. Sharon has been working on a number of projects and has already proven to be a huge asset to the team.
2. Our customers
Growing our reach
We are delighted by the growth in the use of our service. We currently host:
• 5,272 educational organisation accounts;
• 10,311 registered teaching and support staff;
• 140 new education professionals registered ;
• 9,407 registered learners;
• 376 new learners registered;
• 19.11 per cent of UK schools using the service.
Our growing collection
To date, RNIB Bookshare continues to grow, with 75,000 titles currently in the collection; with 7,775 files added in December
We have had a high number of book requests around the Christmas period; with 517 requests received, the team were working harder than Santa’s elves!
Regrettably, book chasing is currently at a high of 7 weeks. This is due to a shortage of staff and the rather high number of requests this month. We apologise for the delay and aim to have things back to a 4 week turn-around as soon as we can
4. A warm welcome to our publishers
We currently have 385 publishers and imprints working with us (as of December 31st 2017)
Princeton University Press is now live
We could not be more delighted to tell you that Princeton University are now set up, live, with an automated publisher feed. With 10,000 titles being provided on day one, we expect a lot for our users from Princeton University Press
Welcome to Egmont; now on-board with RNIB Bookshare – hooray!
Egmont are all set up and ready to start submitting their files by manual upload; one title at a time upon request. This time last year, we had 50 book requests for them and unfortunately they decided not to work with us. They were added to our publishers to contact direct list and customers have been going straight to Egmont. Many customers added a note to the end of their email suggesting that Egmont work with us to deliver their accessibility requests. So we are naturally delighted to have them on-board!
Pearson UK - automation improvements
Pearson's automated publisher feed went live in January 2017. However, from their end they were not able to send files to us with ONIX metadata, which still left us with a manual job every time they sent through a file to fulfil a book request. Fantastic news though, their channel with CoreSource is now live and they've sent us through 2,305 files (339 EPUB, 1,966 PDF) from their back catalogue for both Schools and Academic titles – and they are all in collection! The channel has also been set up so that all of their newly published content flows through to us automatically as they ingest it into CoreSource.
5. RNIB Bookshare Video content
Our ‘introduction to RNIB Bookshare’ video is here!
We have been working with the wonderful staff and pupils of Priestley Smith Specialist School to pull-together some great content with a teacher; some fantastic learners and Caroline from the RNIB Bookshare team. This video introduces RNIB Bookshare and demonstrates what it can offer. Please view the video here:
Tutorial videos coming your way in 2018
Our tutorial videos are almost ready. These videos cover setting up your account; adding staff and learners; downloading content; requesting books and more. We are very excited to announce their launch, early this year – and feel confident that they will greatly enhance the Bookshare experience.
6. iPads for Education
RNIB and VICTA Children are working in partnership to support blind and partially sighted children and young people to study with greater independence.
If you, or someone you know, are registered blind or partially sighted, a UK resident and aged between 11 and 25 years you could be eligible for an Apple iPad Air 2 32GB with a protective case. To find out more please visit the VICTA website http://www.victa.org.uk/grants/
or call on, 01908240831, to find out how you can apply.
7. Thank you!
As always, a massive thank you to all the team for their continued dedication and hard work! A particular ‘thank you’ from me for making my transition into the RNIB Bookshare family go so smoothly.
Thank you to the publishers who work with us to ensure that learners with a print disability have access to the content they need, in a way they can read it.
Thank you to our wonderful Birmingham and Peterborough volunteers, who gave us a total of 58 hours of their time – even though it was the Christmas holiday!
Thank you, the reader, for supporting us and our customers – we couldn’t do it without you either. Should you ever need us, please do not hesitate to get in touch, [log in to unmask]