More Accessible: Beyond PDF As We Know It



The Portable Document Format (PDF) has been a ubiquitous method for document sharing due to its universal compatibility to preserve document formatting across different platforms and systems. However, the format has drawbacks and alternatives or improvements to the PDF can offer improved collaboration and accessibility. This informative and instructional program explores the possibilities for enhanced experiences and more inclusive work flows.

Confirmed speakers include Shamsi Brinn, UX Design Manager with of Cornell University and Jonathan Lazar, Executive Director of the Maryland Initiative of Digital Accessibility (MIDA) and Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland. This program is being coordinated under the leadership of NISO Education Committee member, Jamie Lin, who will also serve as the program moderator.

Event Sessions


Jonathan Lazar

Executive Director, Maryland Initiative of Digital Accessibility and Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland
University of Maryland

Jamie Lin

LX Designer
Academy for Professional Excellence, SDSU

This event is being moderated by Jamie Lin, LX Designer, Academy for Professional Excellence, SDSU.

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

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Registrants for an event may cancel participation and receive a refund (less $30.00) if the notice of cancellation is received at NISO HQ ( one full week prior to the event date. If received less than 7 days before, no refund will be provided. 

Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 business hours following the close of the live event. Access to that recording is intended for internal use of fellow staff at the registrant’s organization or institution. Shared resources are posted to the NISO event page.

Broadcast Platform

NISO uses the Zoom platform for purposes of broadcasting our live events. Zoom provides apps for a variety of computing devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) To view the broadcast, you will need a device that supports the Zoom app. Attendees may also choose to listen just to audio on their phones. Sign-on credentials include the necessary dial-in numbers, if that is your preference. Once notified of their availability, recordings may be downloaded from the Zoom platform to your machine for local viewing.