NNELS is an on-line digital repository of accessible formats for people with print disabilities that is being built by user demand. By providing an accessible library service for people with print disabilities - in digital formats and free of charge - NNELS is making good on the responsibility public libraries have to all Canadians.
How it works:
Local library service is about community involvement. If a library patron cannot find a title in an accessible format they may be able to download it from NNELS. If NNELS does not yet have it, the patron can request that the library's print title be re-formatted into a digital accessible copy and placed on the NNELS site free of charge. This is possible because Section 32(1) of the Copyright Act states: “It is not an infringement of copyright for a person, at the request of a person with a perceptual disability, or for a non-profit organization acting for his or her benefit, to make a copy or sound recording of a literary, musical, artistic or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability.”
The NNELS collection is largely popular fiction and non-fiction with some emerging juvenile titles. Multilingual content is a focus for growth in 2014 to offer content in French and English, as well as other languages. Titles are selected on demand and come from material produced, migrated, contributed and exchanged by NNELS partner libraries.
Who can use it:
Any Canadian who has a valid library card from a NNELS partner library and meets the criteria for Perceptual Disability under the Canadian Copyright Act is eligible to use NNELS. Perceptual Disability includes:
- Severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes.
- The inability to hold or manipulate a book.
- An impairment relating to comprehension.
- Go to the NNELS website at https://nnels.ca/
- In the top right corner, click Sign up
- Under Sign Up with Your Local Library, type the name of your local library in the search bar
- When your library name appears, TRAC patrons will click on the statement just beneath it that says “Valid print-disabled patrons may register for a temporary account” (NNELS is in the process of working with the Polaris ILS to enable patrons of TRAC libraries to authenticate with their library barcode and PIN. This should be finalized soon. In the meantime, TRAC patrons create a temporary account. However, patrons of other Alberta libraries are already able to authenticate with their library barcode and PIN.)
- The TRAC patron creates a temporary account, with username, password, first and last name, and checks a box to agree to the eligibility requirements to use the service
- Finally, type in the NNELS acronym and click Create new account
For more information:
See the About NNELS, the FAQs, and the Tutorials available at https://nnels.ca/