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Think Accessible Before You Buy: Guidelines for Libraries Purchasing Electronic Resources

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association, has released “Think Accessible Before You Buy, Questions to Ask to Ensure that the Electronic Resources Your Library Plans to Purchase are Accessible.” It provides guidelines to ensure the electronic resources and Web services that libraries purchase are accessible to anyone-especially patrons and staff with disabilities.

With plenty of examples, this document breaks down the technical language barrier and helps us to understand the highest priority accessibility checkpoints, so that we can make sure our patrons and staff can effectively use our electronic services.

It includes:

  • Definition list of commonly used accessibility terms
  • Computer software accessibility checklist
  • Internet and Web-based content accessibility checklist
  • Electronic database and computer software accessibility evaluation form
  • Internet and Web-based content accessibility evaluation form

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