[Eril-l] [External] ADA compliance and third party digital resources

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Mon Apr 24 10:55:14 PDT 2023

Hi Tim,

The Library Accessibility Alliance has a page that keeps track of vendors who have been ‘tested’ related to accessibility. It also has information on how the test went and any responses from that vendor.


The Library Accessibility Alliance has evolved from some of the work happening in the Big Ten Academic Alliance. https://btaa.org/library/reports


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Ann Kucera (she, hers)
Systems Librarian
Adobe Digital Lounge Coordinator
Park Library 305  |  Central Michigan University  |  Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
P: 989-774-2404  |  E: kucer1a at cmich.edu

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Subject: [External] [Eril-l] ADA compliance and third party digital resources

Hi all,

The Grand Rapids Public Library has been engaged in a voluntary review to ensure our newly launched website is ADA compliant. We have been working with the Office for Civil Rights and our website vendor (Bibliocommons) to rigorously test the site and remediate any barriers to access.

One issue that has come up is accessibility to the vendor-controlled digital resources that we offer to card holders. Obviously we cannot audit those sites ourselves, but some in our organization have wondered whether we have a responsibility to at least check the login/landing pages, and possibly more.

If your library has gone through a similar compliance review, or have expertise in this area, I'm wondering if there are best practices related to third-party vendors. If accessibility issues are flagged on those sites should we contact the vendor? Something else?

Any insights are appreciated!

Tim Gloege
Digital Collections Librarian
Grand Rapids Public Library
Main Library | 111 Library St NE | 49503
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