This page is intended to collect resources related to accessibility as a result from the code4lib 2018 breakout discussions.
Critical Mass Accessibility - Lightning talk given by Kate Deibel at C4L 2018; A call to create a library accessibility community.
Awesome-A11Y - pretty comprehensive list of specifications, guides, articles, and talks. The Accessible Image Sample Book by DIAGRAM - Very instructive guide to make accessible images (charts, maps, diagrams) in an educational contexts. It is also available on Github.
Assessing Third Party Vendors for Accessibility
Before purchasing electronic resources, you should verify if they are accessible and not take the vendor's word (or VPAT).
First, what questions should you ask a prospective vendor?
The ASCLA released Think Accessible Before You Buy: Questions to Ask to Ensure that the Electronic Resources Your Library Plans to Purchase are Accessible and includes introductory material explaining terminology related to electronic resources and accessibility.
You'll also want to conduct manual testing based on those responses.
Web Accessibility Policies
Some public libraries (Sacramento, Chicago) are officially organized and structured as a government entity underneath and adopt policies of their general city.
Others (NYPL) that are self managed and adopt their own web accessibility policies.
Accessibility Complaints filed against libraries
(This list is not exhaustive)
Complaints were to made to the OCR, the Federal Office of Civil Rights (USA), were made in the 2010s, alleging that the referenced library's website and/or electronic resources were not 'accessible' and did not provide equal or equivalent access to all patrons. The OCR had found the complaints to have merit and began an separate investigation with each library.
In all cases listed below, the libraries wished to resolved the complaint, entered into agreements with OCR to close the investigation and improve their website's accessibility.
Cleveland Public Library, 2018