Using Bookshare


This micro-credential is awarded to individuals who have successfully completed and passed the Bookshare in Depth online class. This online class provides participants with the resources and tools to provide timely access to textbooks and print materials in accessible formats for students with print disabilities.


In order to earn this micro-credential, participants will need to demonstrate the ability to create a Bookshare account and create tools and resources to supplement their Bookshare programs.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Describe the services that Bookshare provides.
  2. Describe Bookshare's mission.
  3. Define Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and describe how Bookshare can meet students’ needs for AIM.
  4. Identify four ways to read using Bookshare.
  5. Explain why Bookshare matters.
  6. Describe how Bookshare gets books.
  7. Articulate what NIMAC is.
  8. Articulate the eligibility criteria for Bookshare.
  9. Describe the two types of Bookshare memberships.
  10. Describe Bookshare's digital rights management policy.
  11. Identify, download, and install the free Bookshare software programs.
  12. Set up folders in which to store Bookshare books.
  13. Identify Bookshare's download formats and set student download preferences.
  14. Describe the four ways to search Bookshare's library.
  15. Identify the six steps required to download books.
  16. Explain how to open and read a book within compatible software.
  17. Create a Reading List and add books.
  18. Identify some AT hardware devices that can play Bookshare formats.
  19. Identify apps that read Bookshare books.
  20. Use Bookshare Web Reader to read a Bookshare book in a browser.