CELA’s Goals, 2017-2021
Goal 1: Leverage advances in technology to improve accessible services
The inclusion of accessibility standards in web design, the availability of built-in text to speech options on most mobile devices, and the promise of lower-cost braille and DAISY reading devices are just some of the innovations that hold promise for better and easier delivery of accessible formats. Through these and other technological advances, we will continually improve the reading experience for library patrons.
Goal 2: Build a Robust Alternative Format Collection
CELA will continually seek means to expand our collection by working in collaboration with production partners and publishers to provide timely and quality access to titles in demand by the public. While technology is a tremendous catalyst for increased production of books and other media in accessible digital formats, we will continue to provide patrons with the choice of accessing either physical or digital collections just as those patrons using standard collection are provided that same choice in public libraries across Canada.
Goal 3: Champion Excellence in Library Accessibility
CELA will help libraries to “think accessible” in everything they do by providing expertise and support to public library staff. CELA will also collaborate with libraries, library associations and national and provincial disability organizations to target initiatives that champion equitable library access. CELA will help libraries set an example for their communities and be leaders in fostering an inclusive society.
Goal 4: Broaden Reach to Canadians with Print Disabilities
CELA will educate and inform potential users of CELA services by assisting public libraries to spread awareness of their library’s accessible services within their community and, where appropriate, reaching out directly to users of CELA services. We will do so through a combination of coordinated outreach, marketing and promotional activities.