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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

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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
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Discussion Meeting Minutes from ALA Annual

by John Siegel on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 04:54 pm

Attached please find meeting minutes from ALA in San Francisco. Please note that this was a joint meeting with the ASCLA and LITA accessibility interest groups.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Best,

John

Discussion Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Resource

by John Siegel on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 04:01 pm

Pardon any duplication.
 
I just found out a resource kit on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through one of my email lists, which was put together in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
 

Pardon any duplication.
 
I just found out a resource kit on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through one of my email lists, which was put together in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA.
 
ADA National Network/Southeast ADA Center: ADA Anniversary Tool Kit: Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. July 26 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To celebrate, the ADA National Network has created a tool kit for use by the public and the media. This tool kit includes background and history on the ADA, statistics, videos, social media messages, and other resources.

 
Best,
John
 

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Online Doc Introductory Resources for Web Accessibility

by Adina Mulliken on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 10:34 am

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

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

*NEW TO THIS PAGE*

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

Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Alleging that Miami University Uses Inaccessible Educational Technologies and Course Materials. (May 12, 2015)
Related: Straussheim, Carl. (May 14, 2015) "Software Accessibility Suit." Inside Higher Ed.

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

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository- Libraries for Universal Accessibility

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.

 

Introductions to Web Accessibility:  

WebAIM Introduction to Web Accessibility

Access IT

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.

JISC Academic Database Assessment Tool

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

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Repository

Screen Reader User Guide for Library Databases:

Jaws Screen Reader User Guides for Library Databases from Penn State.   Out of date but might be used as an example.

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:

Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Alleging that Miami University Uses Inaccessible Educational Technologies and Course Materials. (May 12, 2015)
Related: Straussheim, Carl. (May 14, 2015) "Software Accessibility Suit." Inside Higher Ed. 

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

University of Cincinnati Resolution Agreement (December 8, 2014)

Youngstown State University Resolution Agreement (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)

NFB and Penn State Accessibility Complaint Resolved (Oct 11, 2011) Summary from Educause.

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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

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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 | 
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Discussion Study on Screen Reader Users & Navigating Library Websites

by John Siegel on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 08:33 am

A call for study participants was posted on the Universal Accessibility Interest Group listserv.  The link should take you to the post in the listserv archive http://lists.ala.org/wws/arc/uniaccess/2015-07/msg00000.html 

 

(Additionally, if you would like to join the listserv, you can do so from the archive page.  The listserv is open to all.)

 

Discussion Virtual Meeting Recap

by John Siegel on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

Yesterday afternoon, the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) held a virtual meeting. The virtual meeting had about 15 attendees.

Yesterday afternoon, the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) held a virtual meeting. The virtual meeting had about 15 attendees.

If you attended the virtual meeting, please take a short 5 minute online survey. This will help with compiling names of attendees and getting feedback about the virtual meeting. We would appreciate your responses by Monday, June 22, 2015.

The survey is available through SurveyMonkey at the link below. If you experience problems accessing the survey, or have questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/uaig
 

Minutes of the virtual meeting will be forthcoming, but here are some highlights:

UAIG and other accessibility resources were briefly discussed.

All are invited to join the UNIACCESS e-mail list. You do not need to be a UAIG member to subscribe.

 

The discussion is not limited to academic libraries.

To join the UNIACCESS e-mail list, please visit http://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/uniaccess.

If you do not already have an account for ALA Electronic Discussion Lists, you will need to create one. Use the First login? link, or if you already have an account, sign in with your email address and password.

If you experience problems subscribing to UNIACCESS, please contact John Siegel – jxsiegel@ualr.edu.

 

The UAIG also has a space on ALA Connect – http://connect.ala.org/node/75381.

You need to be an ALA member, but not a member of the UAIG.

At the top of the page, in the right-hand corner, select the Login link and sign in with your ALA username and password.

Once you are logged in, select the Follow this Group link toward the top of the page.

If you experience problems, please contact John Siegel – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

 

Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) – http://uniaccessig.org/lua

LUA is not limited to accessibility in academic libraries.

There is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) repository available through the LUA site. Use the VPAT Repository link in the top bar of the homepage. If you would like to contribute to the VPAT Repository or have questions, please contact Laura DeLancey, incoming UAIG convener – laura.delancey@wku.edu

Contributions and postings to the LUA site are encouraged. Use the Learn More button in the middle of the page.

 

ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Web Accessibility Toolkit-- http://accessibility.arl.org/

A blog and Google Group on accessibility were recently introduced.

If you are interested in contributing a blog post, e-mail accessibility@arl.org

To join the Google Group, please request access through this link: https://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/d/forum/accessibility-community

Accessibility of Google Groups was unknown, so please let ARL and UAIG know if there are issues.
 

A brief introduction of Talking Communities (TC), an accessibility product for web conferencing, was given by representatives of TC.

TC reps were invited because the UAIG is testing out web conferencing tools that will help with accessibility and enhance participation in virtual meetings.

For more information on Talking Communities (TC), visit http://www.talkingcommunities.com

The TC reps would be more than happy to answer questions. Contact Lorn at lorn@talkingcommunities.com

 

Attendees shared a variety of accessibility happenings and projects they are working on at the end of the meeting.

There were lots of good resources shared! More details will follow in the minutes.

 

Attending ALA in San Francisco? Several events were highlighted.

UAIG& ASCLA & LITA Accessibility Interest Groups Joint Meeting

Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Hilton San Francisco UNION SQUARE, Fourth (4th) Floor, Tower 3

Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Please note that there is more than one Hilton San Francisco, and the location of the joint meeting is at the Union Square location.

 

Social Get Together on Accessibility

Sunday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Tentative location: Bluestem Brasserie

Please RSVP by iday, June 19 to Laura DeLancey – laura.delancey@wku.edu

Come talk about accessibility in a relaxed environment with colleagues and advocates!

Preconference on ADA

iday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More information on the preconference

 

ASCLA LSPVD/Print Disabilities Interest Group

Sunday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m.

More information on the ASCLA Print Disabilities Interest Group Meeting

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Discussion ALA Annual - Joint Meeting of ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA Accessibility Interest Groups: Agenda

by John Siegel on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 04:12 pm

There will be a joint meeting of the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco. If you are going to San Francisco, we hope you can join us!

The meeting will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Francisco, Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Attached please find an agenda for the joint meeting.

 

There will be a joint meeting of the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups at ALA Annual in San Francisco. If you are going to San Francisco, we hope you can join us!

The meeting will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Hilton San Francisco, Room: Union Square 15 & 16

Attached please find an agenda for the joint meeting.

 

 

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Discussion Virtual Meeting - Connection Information & Agenda

by John Siegel on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

All:

I hope that you will be able to participate in the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) virtual meeting next Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Connection information: Dial (877) 679-9603   Participant Passcode: 21632955

For questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

Attached is an agenda.

Best,
John

All:

I hope that you will be able to participate in the ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (UAIG) virtual meeting next Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

Connection information: Dial (877) 679-9603   Participant Passcode: 21632955

For questions, please contact John Siegel, current UAIG convener – jxsiegel@ualr.edu

Attached is an agenda.

Best,
John

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
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Discussion "25 Years of the ADA" -- Includes useful resources on disability history

by John Siegel on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

All:
 
Please pardon the flurry of announcements/posts.

This weekend I found out about an article featured on the "Programming Librarian" page of ALA. Katherine Schneider's piece discusses ways to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA. She also includes a number of useful resources on disability history and a discussion of the new accessible icon.

http://programminglibrarian.org/articles/25-years-americans-disabilities...

Best,

John

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