[Eril-l] Big Ten Libraries take on E-Resource Accessibility

Schroeder, Heidi hschroed at lib.msu.edu
Mon Nov 6 05:55:11 PST 2017

*Please excuse cross posting*. The Big Ten Library E-Resource Accessibility Group thought members of this listserv might be interested to hear about the work they’ve been doing with library e-resource accessibility.
[Title: Big Ten Academic Alliance Logo]
Libraries in the Big Ten Academic Alliance are committed to equitable service and access for all and are therefore concerned about the inaccessibility of many library electronic resources. In 2015, a Big Ten Library E-Resource Accessibility Group was formed to address these concerns through collective strategies and direct engagement with vendors. In its first 2 years, the group has made significant progress by:

●        Adopting model accessibility license language that can be found on the Big Ten’s Standardized Accessibility License Language<https://www.btaa.org/projects/library/accessibility/standardized-accessibility-license-language> page. This language may be used or modified by any library to ensure that electronic resources contracts address accessibility.

●        Funding professional accessibility evaluations of selected vendor platforms. Evaluations, and any responses provided by vendors, are posted on the Big Ten’s E-Resources Testing<https://www.btaa.org/projects/library/accessibility/e-resource-testing> page. This program provides vendors with the information and opportunity to improve their accessibility and gives the library community information about the accessibility of these resources, increasing transparency and action in this area.
Updates will continue to be posted on the Big Ten’s website, Library E-Resource Accessibility<https://www.btaa.org/projects/library/accessibility/reports>.
Members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library E-Resource Accessibility Group<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q3nw4Vb1awdg_qct2AgX7VYkV5wbtYdQdvPk529Z6VU/edit?usp=sharing>
University of Illinois   *   Indiana University   *   University of Iowa
University of Maryland   *   University of Michigan   *   Michigan State University
University of Minnesota   *   University of Nebraska-Lincoln   *   Northwestern University
Ohio State University   *   Pennsylvania State University   *   Purdue University
Rutgers University-New Brunswick   *   University of Wisconsin-Madison

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