[Athen] Conversion - Trying to make contingency plans
hascherdss at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 13:38:19 PDT 2020
Our university has already announced that all summer classes will be online
only. We still have no idea when we will be back in the office. We've
almost developed our contingency plan for conversion, but have run into a
wall. So, I'm reaching out to you to hopefully gather some options. I'm
sure we’re not alone in this!
Any thoughts about the following situations would be greatly appreciated!
I'm curious to know what contingency plans you're implementing for distance
learners needing converted materials when you cannot get a digital copy
from a publisher nor a hard copy.
Also, is anyone working with the campus library to obtain digital files
which can be remedited OR books for scanning? If so, I would appreciate
information on how your process is structured, who’s involved, who you are
working with within the library, etc.
Situation 1: Student submitted a request and proof of ownership. Student is
still waiting to receive delivery of said book. Files not available from
any of our typical sources. Have attempted to contact the publisher
multiple times with no response (not sure if the publisher is even open at
this time as they are in the UK. But this could just as easily be a small
publishing house in the US.) No local source to purchase book. Book can be
ordered, but won’t arrive until finals week. Too late for the student!
Situation 2: Student submits request and proof of ownership. Student is not
local. Files not available from any of our typical sources. Have attempted
to contact the publisher multiple times with no response. No local source
to purchase book. We have in the past had a student send us their book for
us to scan/convert. (We cover all costs of shipping.) Once we have a book,
we cannot chop the spine off (our print shop is closed and Kinko’s etc,
will not accept any outside paper source items). But we could still scan
the book manually.
With summer quickly approaching and the very short "semester" sessions on
top of the current working remote order, we're trying to come up with some
A student could take pictures of the pages and use SensusAccess to convert
or send them to us. But that just doesn't seem like a viable option!
Any thoughts shared would be greatly appreciated!
Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC
Associate Director - AT
*she, her, hers*
Center for Educational Access at the University of Arkansas
1 University of Arkansas, ARKU 209
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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