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Captioning for a Captive Audience: Accessible Streaming Video for Library Patrons & Students

Coming This Fall

Dates TBD

AUDIENCE LEVEL: Foundational


Learn skills to make your video collection more accessible!

In early 2020, the University of North Texas Media Library embarked on a project to update and correct the captions for more than 750 videos in their internally-hosted streaming collection. The project involves a team of both staff and student employees and has given us insight into how to train, oversee, and manage this project. We will share our procedures, workflows, and lessons learned in order to help other libraries prepare for similar projects.

This workshop will cover the basics of closed captioning from a practical perspective. Participants will learn why accessibility matters to libraries, the history and background of closed captioning and other accessibility features for media, and what tools to use to edit or create captions. Participants will also get hands-on practice creating and editing captions and have opportunities to ask a former professional-closed-captioner questions about the process!

The workshop will also include tales from the wild world of professional closed captioning, several opportunities for small group discussions of accessibility and media in libraries, and interactive activities that provide the opportunity to learn by doing.

Following the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • understand the value and limitations of closed captioning for accessibility.
  • create closed captions for online video.
  • edit closed captions for online video.


Erin Dewitt-Miller
Head, Media & Discovery Park Libraries
University of North Texas Libraries

Erin DeWitt Miller is the Head of the Media and Discovery Park Libraries at the University of North Texas. Her research interests include information seeking behavior and user interaction that involve video as an information format.   

Lindsay Duke
Films & Video Outreach Coordinator
University of North Texas Libraries

Lindsay Duke spent 6 years working as a professional closed captioner, also known as a Voice Writer, providing captions for live television. She now works for the University of North Texas as the Film and Video Outreach Coordinator.

Steven Guerrero
Media Arts and Digitization Librarian
University of North Texas Libraries

Steven Guerrero is the Media Arts & Digitization Librarian at the University of North Texas where he serves as a subject librarian and handles digitization projects of obsolete videotape formats. He has worked in academic libraries for over 8 years and is a fan of the Dallas Stars.


To be shared with registered course attendees prior to course start date.


To be shared with registered course attendees prior to course start date.