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ProQuest Now Offers Audio Descriptions on Popular Videos

To make videos more accessible to visually impaired users, ProQuest added audio descriptions to its most-watched titles in Academic Video Online and ProQuest One Academic. According to the press release, “Audio description adds narration to a video, describing its on-screen images. … [ProQuest] will continue to add more upon request by a library at no charge. … Audio-described video is the latest feature to improve accessibility of content within Academic Video Online. Searchable, scrolling transcripts are also available for most of the database’s nearly 70,000 titles, assisting those with hearing impairments and language obstacles.”

“ProQuest built this feature—a first for the academic streaming video market—after collaboration with and feedback from many of our trusted library partners. They believe, and we agree, that educational products need to be accessible to all students and faculty, regardless of ability,” says Sarah Brennan, ProQuest’s video product manager. “Accessibility is a key piece of our product development strategy, and this new feature is one example of how we’re working with libraries to accommodate more users.”

For more information, read the press release.



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