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Accessibility Testers

National Network for Equitable Library Service


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The BC Libraries Cooperative seeks several Accessibility Testers for limited-term employment with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).

Reporting to Project Coordinators, the Accessibility Testers will be responsible for carrying out accessibility evaluations of a variety of subjects, including: commercial and library ebook reading applications and websites; ebook and audiobook files; and more. Accessibility Testers will also develop demonstrations and presentations on accessibility; and write and edit reports and documentation.

As these positions are aimed to strengthen the capacity in the low vision and learning disabilities space, we are specifically seeking applications from individuals who identify with either of these broad print disabilities.

These positions are excellent opportunities for individuals who are interested in EPUB accessibility, and who have familiarity with the challenges facing Canadian publishers to produce accessible ebooks.

NNELS is a digital public library of books in accessible formats for readers with print disabilities. For more information please visit About NNELS.

The Accessibility Testers will be responsible for:

evaluating commercial and library ebook reading applications and websites;
evaluating ebook and audiobook files for accessibility, following a defined set of criteria;
developing demonstrations and presentations on accessibility; and
developing reports and documentation, for internal reporting as well as for publishers, library vendors, public libraries, and other relevant stakeholder
Other duties as assigned

This is a virtual office opportunity and we welcome candidates from across Canada.

Successful candidates must provide their own internet connectivity, computer, and communication tools. The Co-op is a "bring your own device (BYOD)" work environment. Contractors and employees are required to supply their own computing equipment and ensure that the equipment is fit for the job.
Competencies and qualifications

Applicants must have a print disability as defined by Canada’s Copyright Act, which defines print disability as: a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading a work in its original format and includes disabilities resulting from: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes; the inability to hold or manipulate a book; or an impairment relating to comprehension. 
Experience using one or more assistive technologies to read
Tech-savvy and able to problem-solve
Familiar with ebook reading software and hardware
Knowledge of, or experience with, script automation
Quick learner
Strong writing skills and attention to detail
Exceptional communication and time management skills, particularly working in a remote/distributed environment
Multi-Tasking and ability to work with teams are essential

Highly Desired

Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and ARIA roles
Knowledge of web accessibility standards
Knowledge or experience in the publishing industry, or knowledge of publishing software (e.g. Sigil or Adobe InDesign) a strong asset
Ability to read and write in French

What we offer:

While the Co-op is headquartered in downtown Vancouver, this is a virtual office opportunity.
Exciting opportunities to have a positive effect on library services, accessible publishing initiatives, and the lives of readers across the country.
These positions are grant-funded, fixed-term service contract.
Position will be for 15-20 hours per week, until end of March 2023;
Salary: $30.00 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Thursday, April 14, 2022. Please include "Accessibility Tester 2022 Application" in the subject line of the application submission.

Candidates must clearly indicate how they meet the position requirements.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The BC Libraries Cooperative hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from people who are from a visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

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