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ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal)

ACE is a new service from Scholars Portal, which supports students with print disabilities at participating universities in Ontario by providing access to library books in five different accessible formats through an online platform.

What is ACE?

Screenshot of ACE Portal website

The ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal) is a new service from Scholars Portal that supports users with print disabilities at participating universities in Ontario by providing access to library books in accessible formats. To find out which universities are participants please refer to the list of schools listed on this page.

As of July 2016, ACE...

  • contains over 10,000 books across 20 different subject areas
  • provides books in five different accessible formats
  • serves students and faculty at eighteen participating universities and twenty colleges

This guide serves as an introduction to ACE, and aims to provide assistance to any current or potential users. Librarians and other professionals looking for more information should check out the Accessibility Initiatives LibGuide instead.

What do our users say about us?

I really appreciate being able to utilize this service and want you to know that it will make a huge difference for me in my experience as a graduate student!!

Anonymous student, November 2014

The Scholars Portal is a great site and I downloaded the pdf in seconds!

Anonymous student, January 2014

This project could have a determining impact on my -- and other disabled students' academic careers.

- Anonymous student, 2013

 

ACE working group

ACE service is designed to support all OCUL university libraries in Ontario. The following 17 universities actively participate in the continued development of ACE:

 

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Guelph, University of
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University 
  • Laurier University
  • McMaster University‚Äč 
  • OCAD University
  • Ottawa, University of
  • Queen's University
  • Ryerson University
  • Toronto, University of
  • Trent University
  • UOIT
  • Waterloo, University of
  • Western University
  • Windsor, University of
  • York University

 

Starting in January 2015, ACE service has also been extended to select Ontario Colleges as a part of a year-long trial. For more information about this, please refer to the OCLS website for the announcement.