Accessibility Toolkit

Scope

This toolkit is based on needs identified by librarians and academic IT professionals in the Orbis Cascade Alliance/NWACC Accessibility Survey, which asked for materials that focused on library needs specifically, their public websites, working with vendors on accessibility of resources, internal and external assessment of those vendors, training, understanding best practices, and self-assessment tools. Based on survey feedback, we have given preference to materials focused on specific library needs, though there are more general resources we’ve highlighted as well. To organize these needs in a useful way, we have created an FAQ, a guide to self-assessment tools for websites and databases, a repository of accessibility policies, and a collection of trainings to take and networks to be involved in to further your education and work. This toolkit is designed for people just getting started learning about accessibility and libraries and needing guidance on first steps, or people looking for resources on specific aspects of accessibility work, like testing results of databases from other schools. Please feel free to leave a comment or question to our form.

Sections

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Starting point that can help you get an introduction to digital accessibility and help you navigate the toolkit. Recommend scanning through to get a sense of different concerns. 
  • Testing for Digital Accessibility: Includes descriptions and links to automated testing through third party browser extensions, browsers’ built-in accessibility tools and color testing, as well as tools for manual testing.
  • Digital Accessibility Policies and Statements: Links to policies, statements and guides at the university, library, and digital repository level, as well as to guidance on what to include in a statement.
  • Training and Accessibility Networks: Resources for training, list serves, conferences, and general information to help you connect and stay informed.

Background

As the DUX Team moved through the initiative process in 2018-19 accessibility rose to the top as an Alliance focus area.  Based on feedback from the Alliance/NWACC joint accessibility survey, there was a clear need for easily accessible resources and training on a variety of aspects of accessibility.  

Charge

This group will assist the Discovery and User Experience (DUX) Team in gathering and sharing accessibility policies and practices with the Alliance community.

Members of the Accessibility Standing Group (ASG) who created the initial toolkit are:

  • Emily Pearson, Chair, Whitman College
  • Andy Andrews, University of Washington
  • Sydney Thompson, Central Washington University
  • Gloria Doherty, George Fox University
  • Hilary Robbeloth, University of Puget Sound   
  • Ben Rearick, Washington State University