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Online Doc New Location of VPAT Repository

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Hello colleagues,

 

The VPAT Repository, which was previously hosted in the LUA website, has moved to a new address: https://vpats.wordpress.com/

 

I am still maintaining it, and welcome any suggestions and additions.

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

Laura DeLancey

Assistant Professor

Electronic & Continuing Resources Coordinator

Western Kentucky University Libraries

laura.delancey@wku.edu

270.745.3979

Discussion Register Now for UDL in Higher Education Conference

by Sarah I. Smith on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 10:29 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents is hosting the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Higher Education Conference on October 30-31, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The regular registration rate of $350 expires on October 16 so don’t delay: register today!

More information about this conference can be found on the UDL Conference website.

Discussion CFP closes July 31: Universal Design for Learning Conference

by Sarah I. Smith on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

Reminder: CALL FOR PROPOSALS ARE DUE JULY 31ST! 

Visit the CFP Guide to learn more about proposal criteria and conference tracks. Submit your proposal here

When

October 30 - 31, 2017  

Where 

Nashville Airport Hotel 
2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Registration

Conference Registration and Room Block will be open August 14th - October 2nd. (Check this page for any additional upcoming details)

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Discussion CFP closes July 31: Universal Design for Learning Conference

by Sarah I. Smith on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

Reminder: CALL FOR PROPOSALS ARE DUE JULY 31ST! 

Visit the CFP Guide to learn more about proposal criteria and conference tracks. Submit your proposal here

When

October 30 - 31, 2017  

Where 

Nashville Airport Hotel 
2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Registration

Conference Registration and Room Block will be open August 14th - October 2nd. (Check this page for any additional upcoming details)

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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 02:44 pm

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.


Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

Blechner, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

 

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

Video clips of people using & explaining screen readers:

Accessibility: Introduction to the Screen Reader

Screen Readers and the Web 
"Learn relatively easy tips Web designers can use to increase access to the Web by a variety of users."

Automated accessibility checkers for webpages:

WAVE Accessibility Checker 
“WAVE is…  used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.”  People who do not have experience with web coding can share the results of the accessibility checker with IT staff.

WC3 list of web accessibility evaluation tools

Automated checker for readability:

The Readability Test Tool

Automated checkers for colorblindness accessibility:

Vischeck

Colorblind Webpage Filter

Adobe Captivate:

Accessibility FAQ

Libguides:

Formatting for Accessibility and Usability from University of Waterloo

Information about accessibility of databases and other vendor resources:

Ebook collections vendor accessibility

Blecher, A.J. (2015). Improving Usability of Legal Research Databases for Users with Print Disabilities. Legal Reference Services Quarterly. 34(2), 138-175. doi:10.1080/0270319X.2015.1048647

DeLancey, L. (2015). Assessing the accuracy of vendor-supplied accessibility documentation. Library Hi Tech, 33(1), 103-113. doi:10.1108/LHT-08-2014-0077

Haanperä, T., & Nieminen, M. (2013). Usability of web search interfaces for blind users - A review of digital academic library user interfacesin Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services for Quality of Life Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8011, 2013, pp 321-330.

Riley-Huff, D.A. (2015). Supporting Web Accessibility Through Rich Internet Applications: Insights for Libraries, in Anne Woodsworth , W. David Penniman (ed.) Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Future of Libraries (Advances in Librarianship, 40) Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Schmetzke, Axle.  Accessibility of Online Library Catalogs, Indexes and Databases, and Other Library/Information Resources. This is a bibliography that includes a section on “Research Studies” and a section on “Vendor provided information” but is not currently updated.

Schmetzke, Axle. Web access in the campus and library environment This is an extensive guide to resources but is not currently updated.

Screen Reading and Library Resources.  Suffolk University Library's list of accessible databases.

Tatomir, Jennifer and Joan C. Durrance. (2010) Overcoming the information gap: Measuring the accessibility of library databases to adaptive technology users. Library Hi Tech, 28 (4) 577 - 594

Walker, W., & Keenan, T. (2015). Do You Hear What I See? Assessing Accessibility of Digital Commons and CONTENTdm. Journal Of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 27(2), 69-87.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository

Accessibility of Library Websites:

Laitano, M.I. (2015). Web Accessibility in the Argentine Public University Space. Revista española de Documentación Científica38(1), e079.
 
Yoon, K., Hulscher, L. & Dols, R. (2016). Accessibility and Diversity in Library and Information Science: Inclusive Information Architecture for Library Websites. The Library Quarterly. 86 (2), 213-229.

Web Accessibility Technical Standards:

Section 508 Standards. § 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

Policy on Web Accessibility:

Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter
This is a joint letter from the US Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights

QUOTE: “Does the DCL [Dear Colleague Letter] apply to all school operations and all faculty and staff?
A: Yes. All school operations are subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA. Thus, all faculty and staff must comply with these requirements…. The law applies to all faculty and staff, not just a Section 504 or ADA coordinator or staff members designated to assist students with disabilities. All faculty and staff must comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 504 and the ADA in their professional interactions with students, because these interactions are part of the operations of the school. So, for example, if an adjunct faculty member denies a student who is blind an equal opportunity to participate in a course by assigning inaccessible course content, the school can be held legally responsible for the faculty member’s actions. Therefore, schools should provide, and faculty and staff should participate in, professional development about accessibility and emerging technology, and about the role of faculty and staff in helping the school to comply with disability discrimination laws.”

Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (Nov. 2, 2012)

Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking: “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations” (July 2010)
Summary: This “ANPRM on web accessibility and DOJ settlements … in recent years indicate that DOJ is likely to derive its regulatory standards for web accessibility, whenever they are published, from the Rehabilitation Act Section 508 technology accessibility standards federal agencies and contractors must meet and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).”  (This summary is from an Educause blog)

Report of the Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
This independent Commission was established by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

QUOTES: “every postsecondary institution should offer a mandatory system-wide orientation for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and administrators concerning strategies for ensuring accessibility in all aspects of the education enterprise, including readings, courseware and instructional technology, assessments and instructor-made materials.” Page 79

“The transition to AIM [Accessible Instructional Materials] needs to be supported by training of students and support for students who are not adept in the use of digital technologies.” Page  52

Providenti, Michael and Robert Zai III. (2007). Web accessibility at academic libraries: standards, legislation, and enforcement. Library Hi Tech, 25 (4) 494.

Web Accessibility Resolutions Agreements, Settlements and Lawsuits in Higher Education:

Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement (November 20, 2016)

Miami University Agrees to Overhaul Critical Technologies to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit (October 17, 2016)

Harvard and MIT are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions. (February 12, 2015) article from New York Times.

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement [pdf] (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement [pdf] (November, 2014)

University of Montana Accessibility Resolution Agreement (March 19, 2014)

Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities (March 8, 2013)

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America, Louisiana Tech University, and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 23, 2013)

Settlement between Penn State University and National Federation of the Blind," (2011)

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Discussion CFP: Universal Design for Learning Conference

by Sarah I. Smith on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 09:37 am

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

When

October 30 - 31, 2017  

Where 

Nashville Airport Hotel 
2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

The Tennessee Board of Regents will host the UDL in Higher Education Conference. This 2-day conference is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on their campus. 

When

October 30 - 31, 2017  

Where 

Nashville Airport Hotel 
2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Registration

Conference Registration and Room Block will be open August 14th - October 2nd. (Check this page for any additional upcoming details)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS ARE DUE JULY 31ST! 

Visit the CFP Guide to learn more about proposal criteria and conference tracks. Submit your proposal here.

More...

Discussion Virtual Meeting Minutes - ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG)

by John Siegel on Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 05:07 pm

All:

 
Attached please find minutes from the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG)'s virtual meeting in mid-June. 

If you could not attend and are interested, the meeting was recorded:

To access the recorded meeting, please call (866) 612-3357.

The Conference ID is 3862346, and the Participant Passcode is 21632955.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Best-John

-- 

All:

 
Attached please find minutes from the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG)'s virtual meeting in mid-June. 

If you could not attend and are interested, the meeting was recorded:

To access the recorded meeting, please call (866) 612-3357.

The Conference ID is 3862346, and the Participant Passcode is 21632955.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Best-John

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John Siegel, MLS | Outgoing Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group
Associate Professor-Student Success Librarian
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives | 
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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Event ALA Midwinter meeting

by Laura DeLancey (non-member) on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

The ASCLA/LITA/ACRL Accessibility Interest Groups will be holding a joint meeting at ALA Midwinter 2016:

Date: Saturday, January 9

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.,

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C

 

Link to ALA Scheduler forthcoming.

Discussion Accessibility Statements for License Agreements/ Contracts

by Adina Mulliken on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 03:55 pm

Temple University Contract Language

Available on Temple's Guide to Accessible Purchasing Introduction

California State University Contract Language

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Temple University Contract Language

Available on Temple's Guide to Accessible Purchasing Introduction

California State University Contract Language

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

     Contractor warrants that it complies with California and federal disabilities laws and regulations. (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq).  Contractor hereby warrants the products or services it will provide under this Contract comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d), and its implementing regulations set forth at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1194. Contractor agrees to promptly respond to and resolve any complaint regarding accessibility of its products or services. Contractor further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless CSU from any claims arising out of Contractor’s failure to comply with the aforesaid requirements. Failure to comply with these requirements shall constitute a material breach of this Contract.

Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities

http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/copyright-ip/2342-report-of-the-arl-joint-task-force-on-services-to-patrons-with-print-disabilities-nov-2-2012

"As libraries negotiate these terms it may be helpful to begin with reference to model
language that has been proposed by several organizations. This language is designed to
permit libraries to make content in their collections fully accessible. This model
language is based on several existing model documents, including the Northeast
Research Libraries Consortium Generic License, the California Digital Library Model
License Agreement, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Draft
Language for Model Licenses, and draft language developed by OCUL for local load
agreements. Of course, this language should not be used uncritically as “boilerplate.”
Individual institutions should instead use this as a starting place to begin their own
consideration of these issues.
 
Model US License
Licensor shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by supporting
assistive software or devices such as large-print interfaces, text-to-speech output,
refreshable braille displays, voice-activated input, and alternate keyboard or pointer
interfaces in a manner consistent with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
published by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative. Licensor
 shall provide Licensee current completed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
(VPAT) to detail compliance with the federal Section 508 standards. In the event that the
Licensed Materials are not Accessibility compliant, the Licensee may demand that the
Licensor promptly make modifications that will make the Licensed Materials
Accessibility compliant; in addition, in such an event, the Licensee shall have right to
modify or copy the Licensed Materials in order to make it useable for Authorized Users."

 

Liblicense's model license agreement

http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/modlic.shtml

"Disabilities Compliance. Licensor shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by supporting assistive software or devices such as large print interfaces, voice-activated input, and alternate keyboard or pointer interfaces in a manner consistent with the Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Accessibility Guidelines."

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is also relevant to web accessibility and it is unclear why it is not included.

Liblicense's introduction to the model agreement has the disclaimer, "To be of maximum value, this document should be used only as a reference document that assists professionals in negotiating (or preparing to negotiate) database content license agreements. Under no circumstances should any person or organization use or adopt the LMLA in its entirety, or use it as the sole or exclusive basis for negotiating a license contract."

 

SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium)

 Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act. Licensor shall comply  with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by supporting assistive software or devices such as large print interfaces, voice-activated input, and alternate keyboard or pointer interfaces in a manner consistent with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative, which may be found at http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/#Publications.

 

CDL (California Digital Library)

Model license: “Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.  Licensor shall make reasonable efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments, and provide Lisensee current completed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).”

 

NERL (Northeast Regional Libraries)

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act. Licensor shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by supporting assistive software or devices such as large print interfaces, voice-activated input, and alternate keyboard or pointer interfaces in a manner consistent with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative, which may be found at http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/#Publications.

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Discussion FWD: Web Accessibility Blog Highlights Tools for Evaluating Digital Resources

by John Siegel on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 08:48 am

Happy Friday, everyone!

Happy Friday, everyone!

I wanted to forward along a message from the Association of Research Libraries' accessibility Google Group. The blog post highlights the VPAT repository and other accessibility resources..
 
If you are interested in joining this Google Group, please visit https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/d/forum/accessibility-community
 
Have a good weekend!
 
Best,
John

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Prue Adler prue@arl.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 2:27 PM
Subject: [accessibility-community] Web Accessibility Blog Highlights Tools for Evaluating Digital Resources
To: accessibility-community@arl.org
Cc: Prudence S Adler prue@arl.org>

Good afternoon!
 
ARL visiting program officer Katya Pereyaslavska writes about evalutaing the accessibility of digital resources in a new Web Accessibility in Research Libraries blog post, “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.” In her post, Pereyaslavska highlights a few tools that can help libraries in their e-resource procurement decisions: the vendor-generated Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), the VPAT Repository, and the forthcoming Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) vendor template. Read more about evaluating the accessibility of digital resources in “The Value of Comparing Oranges to Oranges.”
 
Best. - Prue

Prudence S. Adler
Associate Executive Director
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C.  20036
(202) 296-2296 x104 (phone)
(202) 872-0884      (fax)
prue@arl.org

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John Siegel, MLS | Associate Professor-Student Success Librarian
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives | 
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

Follow us: facebook.com/ualrlib | twitter.com/ualr_library

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