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Update on the 2016 BISG Awards

2016 October 31
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by Amaya Webster

Last month we announced the exciting news that Robin Seaman had been awarded the BISG Distinguished Service Award for her work and efforts in the area of standards and best practices and that George Kerscher was nominated for the BISG Industry Champion Award. We are now thrilled to announce that on Friday, September 30, 2016 George Kerscher won the BISG Industry Champion Award. The award honors an individual whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of his or her position to advance the publishing industry while embracing BISG’s mission to facilitate innovation and shared solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners who create, produce, and distribute published content.  At the awards ceremony Bill Kasdorf read the following statement,

“George Kerscher has worked tirelessly for decades to promote accessibility and foster collaboration between organizations internationally. Since 1987, when he coined the term “print disabled,” he has been dedicated to developing technologies and standards that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional, to those who are blind or have a print disability, and to help publishers understand that by doing this, they are making their content better for everybody. George is Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium; Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, to Benetech; President of the IDPF; Chair of the DAISY/NISO Standards Committee; Chair of the Steering Council of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI); and is on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Presidential appointment. He has been an invaluable member of the BISG EPUB 3 Grid Working Group, heading up the Accessibility aspects of the Grid, and the Accessibility Working Group. He has been not only our lodestar on accessibility, he’s the industry’s. He is the very definition of Industry Champion. Plus he’s a heck of a wonderful person, and Michelle Obama loves his dog.”

Please join me in once again congratulating Robin and George on their well-deserved wins!

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