Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Libraries is digitizing 61 videotapes held in the RIT/NTID DSA that document the ASL literature movement in Rochester from 1970-2011. These videotapes represent the largest collection of rare U.S. ASL Literature to be made publically accessible. Preservation digital copies will be made and stored, and access to digital copies provided for use by scholars and the general public. This collection will be universally accessible: it will be captioned, voiced, transcribed and/or signed. The once “hidden” work of this pioneering and under-represented group will be made public for the first time, broadening access to the cultural heritage of this diverse group little known outside of the Deaf community and enriching interdisciplinary studies in linguistics, poetry, performing arts, and cinema. This project can shape a new understanding of libraries’ important role in modeling best practices for accessible sharing of online videos through the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant.

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These are the slides for a presentation at the RRLC Inclusive Libraries Conference, October 23, 2018, Rochester, New York.

Reproductions of third-party images are for educational purposes only.

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The Wallace Center


RIT – Main Campus