Office Hour with Dave Gunn, Sarah Hilderley, Doug Klein & Rick Johnson

Dave Gunn (Royal National Institute of Blind People), Sarah Hilderley (EDItEUR Ltd), Doug Klein (Nook Media, LLC), Rick Johnson (Ingram | VitalSource)
Location: Table 3 Level:

End To End Accessibility: Extended Q&A

Join us for an informal discussion about accessibility – building on topics introduced in the presentation, and answering your questions in more detail.

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Dave Gunn

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Dave Gunn is an accessible information expert from RNIB (the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK), leading work to influence the development of standards and guidelines to improve access to electronic publications. Dave is on the IDPF EPUB 3.0 working group, and is Chair of the UK Association for Accessible Formats Electronic Documents Subject Area.

RNIB is the UK’s leading blindness charity which works for the benefit of blind, partially sighted and print impaired people in the UK and for worldwide benefit. As a founding member of the DAISY Consortium, the Global Right to Read Alliance, and an active member of the World Blind Union, RNIB’s work benefits people who are print impaired worldwide.

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Sarah Hilderley


Sarah has worked in publishing for many years, most recently as Production Director at HarperCollins Publishers. She is now taking the lead in EDItEUR’s involvement in Enabling Technologies Framework – a project funded by WIPO to facilitate access to copyrighted works for print impaired readers. This three year global project has developed a worldwide standard of best practice for publishers and is building a set of online learning objects for in-house training.

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Doug Klein

Nook Media, LLC

Doug is Accessibility Lead at Nook Media, the digital products division of Barnes & Noble; responsible for the strategy and execution of accessible products and services for the Nook software and hardware product lines. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of startup experience. He has been the founder and executive management at 5 Silicon Valley startups, delivering products as diverse as network terminals (Network Computing Devices), electronic books (NuvoMedia, Barnes & Noble), network security systems (Vernier Networks), and mobile consumer applications and services (LightPole, Inc). He currently serves on the advisory board of several technology startups, and serves as an executive mentor in several local forums.

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Rick Johnson

Ingram | VitalSource

Rick Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer, and one of the founders of VitalSource Technologies, Inc. VitalSource, a division of the Ingram Content Group, is the maker of Bookshelf®, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. As CTO, Rick manages the strategic direction of the fast growing platform, guiding the architecture, and implementation of its clients and systems.

Rick’s career has been focused on bringing together his three passions: technology, publishing, and education. He is a frequent speaker on electronic textbooks, their integration into an institutional environment, and how the accessibility needs of individual students can best be accommodated with their delivery. He served on the working groups responsible for version 2 and version 3 of the EPUB standard, is on the executive committee for the IMS Global Learning Consortium, and is the co-inventor of 3 international patents dealing with electronic books and their distribution.


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