News

  1. Establishing Design Principles to Center Accessibility into Everyday Decisions

    January 12, 2023

    Libraries are meant for everyone. While libraries have long claimed this to be true, exclusionary practices and inaccessible systems still exist and are extremely difficult to fully eradicate. The act of methodically creating a culture of accessibility hinges on each member of an organization as they seek to ask constructive questions and make decisions that pull the organization in a unified direction.

  2. Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Joins the Library Accessibility Alliance

    January 3, 2023

    The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC) joins the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) as a partner to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with

  3. Newsletter - October 2022

    October 12, 2022

  4. Overview of E-Resource Assessment Process

    September 30, 2022

    This webinar walks through process of a high-level e-resource accessibility review from Michigan State University's Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

  5. Website Accessibility 101 & Library Resources

    September 30, 2022

    Learn the language of web accessibility and how to apply and use it in your library websites and evaluations of e-resources. This webinar will provide a high-level look at what makes a website accessible, some of the common challenges we face working with library databases, and how the Library Accessibility Alliance and its database testing program can help librarians advocate for more compliant resources.

  6. Disability Awareness: Use of Physical Spaces by Persons with Disabilities

    September 30, 2022

    This webinar is includes clips from Jay Dolmage's 2019 Keynote for the Big Ten Academic Alliance and a facilitated discussion regarding how libraries can be more aware and responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities when using physical library spaces.

  7. An Introduction to Disability

    September 30, 2022

    This webinar will walk the audience through what is disability and how it is defined.  The session is interactive.  In this session you will learn about why disability laws are important, what libraries should think about in terms of their own accessibility for people with disabilities, and how compliance and accessibility are fundamentally different concepts.

  8. Disability Access and Climate in Libraries

    July 27, 2022

    Participants will expand their awareness of disability, learn to promote accessibility, and consider how to contribute to a positive climate through their beliefs, behaviors, and communications.

  9. Incorporating Accessibility into Library OER Programs & Initiatives

    July 26, 2022

    Open Educational Resources (OER) are meant to be as open and available as possible, but if they’re not accessible or on accessible platforms, how “open” are they really? In this webinar, staff from the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries will share how they’ve integrated accessibility into their OER initiatives and OER grant program to improve the accessibility of OER created at MSU.

  10. Accessibility Committees: Cultivating Cultures of Accessibility at Your Library

    July 26, 2022

    This webinar will provide real-world case studies of the formation and impact of accessibility committees at two different university libraries. Presenters from the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington will offer the respective stories of their committees’ formation and advocacy efforts, in addition to discussing the successes, challenges, and horizons facing these kinds of working groups in academic libraries.

  11. Working Together for Accessible Texts: FRAME, Libraries, and Disability Services

    June 6, 2022

    This webinar will provide an overview of the work being done as part of the Federated Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education (FRAME) grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  12. Library Accessibility Alliance Announces New Website & Expanded Resources

    August 23, 2021

    Members of the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA) are pleased to announce their new website, featuring enhancements to the popular accessibility evaluations of databases, along with an expanded collection of resources.

  13. Library Accessibility Alliance Adds New Partners: GWLA and WRLC to bolster Accessibility Awareness, Assessment, Outreach

    February 8, 2021

    In January 2020,  the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) joined forces to launch the “Library Accessibility Alliance” (LAA), a program seeking to ensure all library users have equitable access to information.  

  14. Big Ten Academic Alliance and ASERL partner to form Library Accessibility Alliance

    January 27, 2020

    The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance have created a new name for their recent partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources.  Now called the “Library Accessibility Alliance” (LAA), the program seeks to ensure all library users have equitable access to information.

  15. BTAA and ASERL Announce Library Accessibility Partnership

    August 1, 2019

    The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) have entered into a two-year partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users.