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Accessibility Testers – National Network for Equitable Library Service (2020/21)


The BC Libraries Cooperative seeks several Accessibility Testers for limited-term employment with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).

Reporting to Project Coordinators, the Accessibility Testers will be responsible for carrying out accessibility evaluations of a variety of subjects, including: library ebook reading applications and websites; ebook and audiobook files; electronic braille files; and more. Accessibility Testers will also develop demonstrations and presentations on accessibility; and write and assemble reports and documentation.

We are aiming to build capacity in the Francophone market, and especially welcome applications from bilingual individuals to fill out at least one of these positions. In addition, we encourage English speaking candidates that meet the other requirements to apply.

These positions are excellent opportunities for individuals who are interested in EPUB accessibility, and who have familiarity with the challenges facing Canadian publishers to produce accessible ebooks.

NNELS is a digital public library of books in accessible formats for readers with print disabilities. For more information about NNELS, please visit


The Accessibility Testers will be responsible for:

  • evaluating library ebook reading applications and websites;
  • evaluating ebook and audiobook files for accessibility, following a defined set of criteria;
  • reviewing and proofreading electronic Braille files;
  • developing demonstrations and presentations on accessibility; and
  • developing reports and documentation, for internal reporting as well as for publishers, library vendors, public libraries, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

This is a virtual office opportunity and we welcome candidates from across Canada.

Successful candidates must provide their own internet connectivity, computer, and communication tools. The Co-op is a "bring your own device (BYOD)" work environment. Contractors and employees are required to supply their own computing equipment and ensure that the equipment is fit for the job.

Competencies and qualifications


  • Applicants must have a print disability as defined by Canada’s Copyright Act, which defines print disability as: a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading a work in its original format and includes disabilities resulting from: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes; the inability to hold or manipulate a book; or an impairment relating to comprehension. 
  • Experience using one or more assistive technologies to read
  • Tech-savvy and able to problem-solve
  • Familiar with ebook reading software and hardware
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, script automation
  • Quick learner
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication and time management skills, particularly working in a remote/distributed environment
  • Multi-Tasking and ability to work with teams are essential

Highly Desired

  • Experience with braille, including:
    • Fluency in one or more of the following: Unified English Braille (UEB); Code braille français uniformisé (CBFU); Music braille; or experience with tactile graphics
    • Experience/familiarity with: braille hardware and software, such as Duxbury, Braille2000, Braille Blaster, braille displays and notetakers; and Braille Formats Principles of Print-to-Braille Transcription, 2016
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and ARIA roles
  • Knowledge of web accessibility standards
  • Knowledge or experience in the publishing industry, or knowledge of publishing software (e.g. Sigil or Adobe InDesign) a strong asset
  • Ability to read and write in French

What we offer:

  • While the Co-op is headquartered in downtown Vancouver, this is a virtual office opportunity.
  • Exciting opportunities to have a positive effect on library services, accessible publishing initiatives, and the lives of readers across the country.
  • This position is a 5 month, grant-funded, fixed-term service contract.
  • Position will be for 15-20 hours per week, until end of March 2021;
  • Salary: $30.00 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume to no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time, Sunday October 18, 2020.

Candidates must clearly indicate how they meet the position requirements.

We thank all applicants in advance, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The BC Libraries Cooperative hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from people who are from a visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. This position is open to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada.