Library accessibility toolkit
The Library Accessibility Toolkit is an open, living resource that offers the latest research, useful terminology, tools for testing, assistive technology, and legal considerations related to accessibility. The toolkit is a collaborative space where all are welcome to contribute relevant resources.
Model accessibility language for e-resource licenses
The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) created standardized language that addresses accessibility concerns in electronic resources, which the group uses in license negotiations. It has also been adopted by non-member libraries to strengthen their position when negotiating with vendors, and has been particularly useful for organizations that .
We fund third-party accessibility evaluations of various electronic resources and provide them freely to the public. You can view the reports and learn more about the process on our e-resources testing page.
Library accessibility alliance impact and analysis report
This document summarizes findings related to the impact of the BTAA E-resources Accessibility Task Force’s primary activities, specifically related to:
- BTAA-sponsored e-resource accessibility evaluations, which are provided to the vendors and made publically available on the BTAA website;
- BTAA-developed standardized language regarding accessibility requirements for adoption and use in e-resource vendor negotiations.
The analysis found that the accessibility evaluations have been, in general, valued by vendors and actively used to inform their product development and increase the accessibility of their products and platforms. Most vendors did not utilize the additional consultation time offered by testing partners. Usage of the evaluation reports by libraries for e-resource acquisitions has been mixed; institutions were generally more likely to have utilized the boilerplate accessibility language for vendor negotiations than to have consulted the testing reports.