Community Service Learning & NNELS Project

Sign up with Community Service Learning to record audio-books for people with perceptual disabilities in the Library recording studio.

The Okanagan Library has partnered with Community Service Learning (CSL) and the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) to provide students with an opportunity to volunteer on-campus with Canada-wide impact. You can read and record children’s books to add to the NNELS collection and people from across Canada will be able to access the accessible files through their public library.

How does it work?

  • Sign up with Community Service Learning for this co-curricular project
  • Attend the fall orientation session about this project
  • Commit to recording and editing at least one book per term
  • Attend regularly scheduled workshops and meet set deadlines
  • Follow the detailed instructions provided HERE
  • Submit your finished recording to NNELS
  • View the record of your recording in the UBC Okanagan Library Recordings
  • Questions? Email

Who does this benefit?

Perceptual disabilities (commonly known as “print disabilities”) include three broad categories of people who require accessible formats:

  • severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes,
  • the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or
  • an impairment relating to comprehension.

Numbers from Statistics Canada suggests that about 10% of Canadians may have a print disability, which limits people’s ability to read in traditional print format. Many people who do not currently have a print disability will have one in the future. From: About NNELS

Feedback from student’s enrolled in this project in 2016:

  • This was an unexpected reprieve from my regular studying! I really enjoyed this project.
  • Learning about who has access to books and who needs access was really interesting.
  • I am really nervous about doing public presentations in class and this was great practice.
  • I plan to be an elementary teacher and this seems like really relevant work experience.
  • Using the editing software was a bit scary at first but it was quite easy and a good skill to have.