Alternative formats

Description

The University of Montana strives to deliver alternative formats of text in a reasonable amount of time. In Accessible Technology Services, textbooks will be converted on a "first in, first out" basis. To receive alternative formats in a timely manner, eligible students should request alternative formats of their textbooks as soon as possible.

To obtain textbook information, contact the Bookstore at the University of Montana or your instructors. 

Fall Semester 2016 Textbooks available for purchase online and in the Bookstore.  Students must provide proof that they have purchased or rented a copy of the textbook.    

Charge

No charge

Eligibility

  • Students must provide proof that they have purchased or rented a copy of the textbook.
  • For the first time request: students must meet with their Disability Services coordinator to ensure that they are eligible to receive alternative formats.

Availability

First in, first out.  

How to request alternative formats

For the first time request: students must meet with their Disability Services coordinator to ensure that they are eligible to receive alternative formats. With the coordinator's referral, students meet with the Assistive Technology Coordinator to process the request. 

For students who previously submitted requests: students must complete and submit the Alternative Format Conversion Request Form (PDF)* to IT Central in Social Sciences Room 120 or complete the Alternative Format Conversion Web Request Form.  For assistance with requests, contact Brenda Miller, Alternative Formats Coordinator, at 406.243.2616 or brenda.miller@umontana.edu 

Submission Options:

  • Email to: Alternative Formats Coordinator at brenda.miller@umontana.edu
  • Deliver to: IT Central Help Desk in Social Sciences Room 120.   

The image of the IT Central Help Desk in the Social Sciences Building.
The image above is the IT Central office in the Social Sciences Building. 

What happens after your request

The request form goes to IT Accessible Technology Services. 

  • IT requests a publisher's file of the book from the publisher within 2 business days of receiving the request form.
  • The university allows business days for the publisher to send a PDF of the book.
  • If a publisher's file of the book is not received within 5 business days, IT will request that the student bring the hard copy of the book to the office to be processed in-house.
  • For in-house process, the spine of the book is cut; the book is scanned and then rebound with a coil binding.
  • After receiving a publisher file, or cutting the book, the university allows 10 business days to convert the book to the appropriate format for the student.

Please review the following video about requesting books.

When requests are completed, students will be notified through their UM email. 

  • Due to UM Policy, IT Accessible Technology Services uses the official UM email address to communicate with students.
  • Failure to provide a correct UM email address could delay delivery of the materials.

Interim modifications while waiting for alternative formats.  

If the university cannot convert the book within 10 business days of receiving the file or cutting the book, the Alternative Formats coordinator contacts the student to inform him/her about interim modifications and an acceptable timeline.  

Students should use self-help resources or work with their Disability Services coordinator to obtain interim modifications. 

Examples of interim modifications:

  • A reader from Disability Services for Students. 
  • Requesting a reasonable extension of the course deadline for an assigned reading from the instructor. 

How to use this service

Please view the video below which discusses how to download books.

Charge

No charge

Eligibility

  • Students must provide proof that they have purchased or rented a copy of the textbook.
  • For the first time request: students must meet with their Disability Services coordinator to ensure that they are eligible to receive alternative formats.

Availability

First in, first out.