Library E-Resource Accessibility - Introduction

Introduction

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries are committed to equitable service and access and are concerned about the inaccessibility of many library electronic resources. Purchasing and subscribing to inaccessible library e-resources goes against Big Ten Libraries’ commitment to providing equal access to information for all library users.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Library E-Resource Accessibility Group was formed at the request of the consortium’s Library Directors in 2015 to address concerns about library e-resource accessibility. The group strives to engage with library vendors in initiatives to improve usability for all users.

Because of the group:

  • The Big Ten libraries have funded a pilot to provide selected vendors with third-party accessibility evaluations. Evaluations, along with any responses provided by vendors, are posted on the E-Resources Testing page. This program provides vendors with the information and opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products and gives members of the library community information about the accessibility of these works.
  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance has also adopted model accessibility license language that can be found on the Standardized Accessibility License Language page. Library e-resource vendors may be approached about inserting this (or similar) text into BTAA Library consortial licenses or institutions’ individual licenses to ensure these contracts address accessibility concerns.