What considerations should be made to ensure that electronic and information resources in a library are accessible?

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Be sure that the library's World Wide Web pages and other electronic and information resources are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. Consider these items in ensuring accessible information technology.

  • Can the library's electronic and information resources, including web pages, online catalogs, indexes, and full-text databases and CD-ROMs, be accessed with a variety of adaptive computer technologies, including text-to-speech software?
  • Do library policy statements specifically state that electronic technology should be evaluated for accessibility as part of the procurement process (e.g., using Section 508 standards)?
  • Do library web page development guidelines require that pages adhere to accessibility guidelines or standards (e.g., W3C web accessibility guidelines, Section 508 Standards)?
  • Are librarians prepared to assist patrons with electronic resources that they cannot access by providing research consultations or materials in other formats?

Last update or review: January 24, 2013