DAISY in higher education in Sweden 2006
In the year 2005, 1903 university student’s borrowed 18,987 talking books in DAISY format in Sweden.
Service to students
There are approximately 9 million people in Sweden. In Sweden there are 13 universities, 37 colleges and 14 schools with examination rights spread all over the country and there are more than 300 000 students each year. All seats of learning have libraries and these libraries have been authorized by the government the rights to download talking books through TPB:s web based book-catalogue. Students with print disability today receive library service by cooperation between TPB, university co-coordinators and the libraries. This right is regulated by law of prohibition of discrimination of students. The coordinator of students with print impairments registers the student with TPB and works together with the library. The coordinator also controls that students receives other compensatory help they may need. Several coordinators have special education for studying with DAISY-players.
The number of students has increased by 159% in 4 years. The increase was not as significant the last year and the prognosis over the coming years is based on an increase of 5% per year.
The student read talking books in the computer with TPB Reader, Playback2000 or with a DAISY-player, Victor Reader Classic + and Victor Reader Pro. They get the reading programs free of charge from TPB and the DAISY-player can be lent from TPB during the whole period of study. The students had borrowed 1486 Daisy-players by the end of April. The student borrows the course books in the TPB-catalogue or through the library. Production of new course books is ordered through the library.
|New production – talking books||3660||3288||3196||3301|
|Of which students literature||1389||1190||1175||1090|
|Analogue to digital conversion||7922||2473||1908||1648|
During 2006-2008 the most part of the analogue books will be converted to DAISY.
During 2007, a new production system will be launched for TPB:s production of adapted media. The production of Braille and e-text and a large part of the DAISY-production is built on text document that are produced by publisher’s files or scanned books. The production system is built on the DAISY/Niso standard "ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005" (also called "DAISY 3"), and especially the DTBook-DTD which is an XML-dialect and part of the standard.
Cooperation with publishing firms
In many years, TPB has been receiving files for e-text books from publishers and those have been read by the program Textwiew and to Braille production. This will now be further developed to incorporate parts of the talking book production. During 2005 and up to April 2006 TPB has produced 300 books with speech synthesizer, 150 books in English and 150 in Swedish. The content in the books is both text and speech. The English books are scanned to creating a text file. All Swedish titles comes from the publishing company Studentlitteratur and by an agreement with this publisher, TPB can obtain publishing files. The files are being converted and then production of talking book with speech synthesizer. The students are reading the books with the reading program EaseReader.
National distribution system (NDS)
The Swedish government has assigned to TPB to develop a national distribution system (NDS) for adapted media. This will incorporate the TPB-catalogue with the talking book distribution that already exists, but also adapted newspapers, journals etc. The archives for locally recorded material that has been developed by the Library Direction at Lund University will be included in NDS. This archive contains recordings of articles, compendia and other short texts.
Other activities during 2006
- To evaluate the benefits for the students with synthetic talking books.
- To introduce a speech synthesizer based production system (SIKT) and to produce 250 titles.
- To develop an archive and administration solution for XML files.
- To develop a delivery system for talking books and other types of media.
Head of H?gskoleservice at TPB
Bitte Kronkvist 2006-04-19