The Georgian College Library is committed to providing respectful and equal access to collections, services, news, and programs for all Georgian Students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to ensure that we meet or exceed the standards set by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 ("AODA"), it's regulations and the Ontario Human Rights Commissions Guidelines on Accessible Education.
Available at all campus libraries:
ACE can be accessed at (https://books.scholarsportal.info/en)
ACE is an online platform designed to make academic library book collections accessible to students, faculty, or staff with print disabilities*. Those eligible can use any Georgian College Library titles already available in ACE as well as request books to be digitized for ACE use and added to Georgian’s available content.
ACE provides immediate and unmediated access to full-text books, and is compliant with AODA standards. It is managed by Scholars Portal, a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.
Formats available through ACE include:
* print disabilities is defined by (but not limited to) severe vision loss, learning disabilities (for example, dyslexia), a physical disability which would prevent the holding of a print book, or other “perceptual disabilities”. Information about Accessibility services at Georgian can be found at https://www.georgiancollege.ca/student-life/student-services/accessibility-services/
Note: The ACE service does NOT digitize textbooks. If you require textbooks or course materials in alternative formats, please contact Georgian’s Accessibility Services. Contact information can be found at https://www.georgiancollege.ca/student-life/student-services/accessibility-services/tab/contact
Check out the “Getting Started” Videos (embedded):
Access tokens will be granted to eligible users by Student Success Accessibility advisors. These tokens grant users access to all digitized content Georgian has available for the academic year.
If an item you require is not currently available in ACE you can request a resource you want available in ACE, using the Library’s “Request a Resource” form https://www.georgiancollege.ca/form/interlibrary-loan/
Indicate in the item description (under “Item to Request:”) that this is an ACE request. You will be notified when it is available. Please note that this can take several weeks if the library does not already own a copy.
Please use the following links and tutorials if you have any further inquiries:
More About ACE - https://ace.scholarsportal.info/faq#what
CELA service is available to any students with print disabilities (visual, physical or learning disabilities) that prevent them from accessing regular print. They can sign up for a free CELA membership (and a free Bookshare membership) by completing the CELA self-registration form on our website. All they need to have is a valid public library card from an Ontario public library in order to participate.
Educators/teachers can also register for CELA’s Educator Access program, which allows them to access CELA’s alternative format collection (both physical & digital formats) for any students with print disabilities. For more information on Educator Access teachers can visit the Educators page of the CELA website.There is an FAQ for the Educator Access program on this page.