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.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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