About us

Illustration of three people standing together.

Who we are

The Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) advocates for improving library e-resource accessibility.

We are a multi-consortial organization, with each member organization contributing funding and expertise. Our current members are:

  • Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)
  • Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
  • Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA)
  • Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)

What we do

  • Independent accessibility evaluations: We primarily fund third-party accessibility evaluations of electronic resource library platforms. Vendors receive copies of the evaluation reports, and And we publish the reports to the public on our E-resources testing page. We also provide opportunities for vendors to meet with the evaluator for additional information and guidance on improving the accessibility of their product(s).
     
  • Toolkits: We created and maintain the Library Accessibility Toolkit, a living document that provides readers with resources related to library accessibility.
     
  • Licensing language: The Big Ten Academic Alliance, a founding member of LAA, created model licensing language about accessibility that libraries can use or adapt to address accessibility concerns with electronic resource vendors.

The resources page of this website provides a comprehensive list of our efforts.

 


 

About our logo

LAA logo of a person with arms outstretched in a circleThe LAA logo is comprised of an image of a person not defined by one color, with their arms outstretched, around two other people. The person with arms outstretched is one of the universal symbols for accessibility on the web. The multiple circles represent the consortia joining together, and the empty right side shows there is always room for more. Lastly the circles, arranged in 3 dots, 1 dot, 1 dot, resemble the Braille alphabet characters for "LAA", the abbreviation for the Library Accessibility Alliance.

The color blue is preferable for color blindness and incorporates high contrast for improved readability.

A Roman Serif font is used for its clean esthetic, readability, and universal browser support.

The logo was designed by Joel Shields.