Digital Accessibility Policies and Statements

It can be useful when writing an accessibility policy or statement to look at the work done by other institutions to see what works for your institution. This list focuses on other Alliance schools and then highlights non-Alliance schools with particularly notable aspects of their policy. It is broken up thematically, looking at policies, statements, LibGuide guidelines, and institutional repositories. Some libraries are heavily tied to their IT department so their policies are inextricable from their school-wide policies, others have policies for different aspects of their libraries; those and other scenarios are reflected in the policies below. For further guidance on what to include in a statement, the article Making Electronic Resources Accessible in Libraries by Sheryl Burgstahler, founder and director of UW DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), provides an excellent overview. 

Policies and Statements

Alliance Schools

  • Central Oregon Community College
    School-wide policy that explains specifications and updates the school is taking.
  • Central Washington University
    School-wide policy that provides an accessibility checklist and gives specific attention to Canvas.
  • Chemeketa Community College
    Library guidance on physical and digital resources, including statements from various vendors.
  • Lane Community College
    Library policies, identifies accomodations and assistance for a wide variety of services.
  • Lewis and Clark College
    Library policies on adaptive technology availability, reference services, and other library services.
  • Mt. Hood Community College
    Library statement of ADA Compliance, gives guidance on adaptive technologies available and closed captioning on streaming media.
  • Oregon State University
    Library policy on various services that points to schoolwide services for remediation of library resources.
  • Portland Community College
    Library ADA Compliance policy that highlights services and resources, and guidelines for library website maintenance and design.
  • Portland State University
    Library policies focused on access to phsyical materials and spaces, with information for reporting a website or resource problem.
  • Reed College
    Library policies with information on accessing accessible forms of materials in databases, requesting accessible texts, and using a document converter.
  • Southern Oregon University
    Library statement and policy including specifications for online accessibility and future plans.
  • University of Oregon
    Library statement and policy primarily focused on facilities and physical materials.
  • University of Portland
    Library policies around building and materials access, attention paid specifically to course reserves and alternate formats.
  • University of Washington, Bothell
    School-wide digital accessibility plan that sets benchmarks, review, and implementation plans.
  • Washington State University
    Library statement and policies including discussion of training staff and student workers.
  • Western Washington University
    Statement that describes library website standards and issues with third-party vendors, including incorporating complaints into vendor evaluation process.

Other University and College libraries

  • Duke University
    Website accessibility-specific policy, sets dates for accessible pages and procedure for access to legacy content.
  • Harvard University
    Web accessibility-specific statement, including coverage, plans forward.
  • Michigan State University
    Provides info for Remediation Requests; defines accessibility in instruction, communication, research, and business processes; describe features of universal design.
  • Syracuse University Libraries Accessibility
    Offering orientation to library and school sites for those using assistive technology and web navigation service.
  • Yale University Library Web Accessibility Guidelines
    Oriented to content creators to ensure accessibility of materials produced by library staff, with specific elements and concerns highlighted.  

Institutional Repositories and Digital Libraries