19 November 2018
EBSCO Information Services has been ranked the number one e-book platform provider out of 54 e-book platforms audited in the 2018 Jisc ASPIRE Accessibility National Audit. This recognises organisations committed to improving the accessibility of digital platforms and the information provided to end users, librarians and disability services groups.
The ASPIRE (Accessibility Statements Promoting Improved Reading Experience) project works to improve the accessibility of digital products by encouraging publishers and platform providers to provide clear and centralised guidance to users and to continually improve the user experience of their products. One of the biggest studies of its kind, this large-scale project has helped drive discussion among publishers and platform providers to account for accessibility in all aspects of their e-book processes. Data for the 2018 ASPIRE project was compiled with assessments submitted by librarians, publishers, disability services teams, providers and other stakeholders in the library industry.
Alistair McNaught, the ASPIRE Coordinator for Jisc, said,
"One of the best outcomes of this project has been the positive collaboration with suppliers. EBSCO's 'can do' attitude has been exemplary with benefits for all readers, particularly those with print disabilities."