Accessibility

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This page is intended to collect resources related to accessibility and was created following a discussion from the code4lib 2018 breakout discussions.

Accessibility Resources

From C4L 18

Critical Mass Accessibility - Lightning talk given by Kate Deibel at C4L 2018; A call to create a library accessibility community.

Other resources

a11y courses - comprehensive list of trainings and courses on web accessibility

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.

Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy - by Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School. A liberally CC-licensed e-book on how to assess a website for accessibility

Accessibility and Digital Collections

Wright State's University's Guide for writing alt-text for historical art - also could be applicable for historical images and photographs

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.

The University of Washington and Kent State University (KSU) require prospective vendors to complete a questionnaire. The questions on KSU's form can also be viewed as a PDF

You'll also want to verify the responses by manual testing.


Web Accessibility Policies

Some public libraries (Sacramento, Chicago) are officially organized and structured as a government entity underneath and adopt policies of their respective municipality.

Others (NYPL) that are self-managed and adopt their own web accessibility policies.

For example: Chicago Public Library's Bibliocommons policy and their general website accessibility policies.

Cleveland Public Library's Web Accessibility Policy

King County (Washington) Library System's Accessibility Policy

NYPL Web Accessibility Policy

Accessibility Complaints filed against libraries

(This list is not exhaustive and does not include any academic institutions whose libraries may or may not have been included in the complaint)

National Federation of the Blind vs. Sacramento Public Library, 2012.

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.

Boston Public Library, 2017 1 and 2 (pdf)

Chicago Public Library, 2016 1 and 2 (pdf)

Cleveland Public Library, 2018

Detroit Public Library, 2016 1 and 2 (pdf)

Los Angeles Public Library, 2017 1 and 2 (pdf)