Elsevier Wins JISC Techdis Award for Accessibility
London, 6 May, 2010 - Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, has won the first ever JISC TechDis Publisher Lookup Award, which recognises publishers who excel in changing and adapting their business processes to meet their customers’ accessibility needs. Elsevier received the award at the London Book Fair on Wednesday, April 21st 2010.
The JISC TechDis Publisher Lookup Awards are the brainchild of Alistair McNaught, senior advisor at JISC TechDis. Alistair said, “Elsevier was selected from a really strong field of candidates. Judges were impressed by Elsevier’s response rates to customer enquiries and their embedded accessibility strategy. Accessibility is a cross-management responsibility at Elsevier and evidently part of the organisational culture. Focusing on accessibility benefits everyone and now, thanks to the Awards, we’ve created a kind of community of practice where publishers are learning from each other.”
Andrea Kravetz, Vice President of User Centered Design for Elsevier, said, “Elsevier and its User Centered Design team strive to create electronic products that are accessible to all users. We are very happy to receive this award, as it recognizes the emphasis we put on accessibility of online products for our end users. Elsevier was also recognized for the many initiatives created for internal use. Our team of experts has worked for years behind the scenes to educate the business about accessibility.” Publishers Palgrave MacMillan and Sage, also present at the awards ceremony, were both highly commended for their accessibility strategies and received commemorative plaques.
The JISC TechDis Publisher Lookup Awards were presented by Mark Bide, Executive Director at EDItEUR, leaders in global standards for the exchange of bibliographic information in the book and journal supply chains, and sponsored by Dolphin and Iansyst Ltd, organisations that promote independence amongst disabled people, and who have been keen supporters from the beginning.
A second award ceremony for e-text services will be held in London at the CILIP Digital Information Conference in October and is aimed at publishers who have been nominated by library staff for their excellent service in supplying books in alternative formats.
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About JISC TechDis
JISC TechDis is the leading UK advisory service on inclusion and supports the education sector in achieving greater accessibility by stimulating innovation and providing expert advice and guidance on disability and technology.
Based at the Higher Education Academy in York, JISC TechDis promotes a culture of inclusive practice within educational institutions through engagement with senior managers and specialist staff. Through working with associates and in collaboration with a range of partners, the Service also supports other organisations and advisory services, encouraging the integration of accessibility strategies into polices and procedures.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.
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