of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Student Accessibility Center
To: Potential Alternative Textbook Users
From: Jean Salzer, B/VI Sr. Counselor and Alternative
Once you have been referred to the Alternative Textbook Program by your
SAC staff member, you will need to meet with me to discuss your options
for alternatives to print. My direct line is 414-229-5660 and my email
is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me
for a meeting.
The Student Accessibility Center provides electronic textbooks as its
main form of alternative to print. This may include scanning your
textbooks, editing them and providing them to you via electronic file
transfer. Several conditions will need to be met in order for you to
receive your textbooks in an alternate format. Please read the attached
Alternative Textbook Policy and Procedures as well as the Individual
Use Agreement carefully prior to our meeting.
The Individual Use Agreement is included and must be signed in order to
provide publishers with assurance copyright law will not be violated by
your receipt of electronic textbook files.
Also, in accordance with copyright laws, you will be required to
provide me with your textbook (new or minimally used) as well as a copy
of the receipt/proof of purchase. The UWM Bookstore has graciously
agreed to set aside the best used copies of books for you (as long as I
know of your intent to use electronic textbooks), and to allow you to
purchase them before the usual start date for textbooks sales. You also
can purchase them on Amazon or some similar website. Please make sure
you are looking for minimally marked up books. The cleaner the better,
as highlighting and notes in the margins will slow down the editing
process. You can help yourself the most by providing me with a copy of
the textbook well BEFORE the semester begins.
The scanning process begins with removal of the binding. After the
binding is removed, books will be fed into a high speed duplexing
scanner. Then, student workers and volunteers will edit the books and
create a text, word, PDF or MP3 audio files. Your book will be returned
after it has been scanned and rebound. Usual turn-around time for
physical textbook return is less than one week.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.