by Adina Mulliken, Reference Librarian, Social Work, CFS, MFT, Aging, Library Disability Services, Bird Library, Syracuse University
Are your library’s databases accessible to people with disabilities? Do they comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? How about your other licensed resources, such as ejournals, ebooks, and metasearch engines? Catalogs, chat software, wikis and other web 2.0 applications? There is a page on ASCLA’s new wiki to help librarians find and share the answers to these questions. From this page http://ascla.ala.org/toolkit/index.php?title=Main_Page, go to the link at the bottom of the page for Accessibility to Library Databases and Other Online Library Resources for People with Disabilities. Googling Accessibility to Library Databases and Other Online Library Resources for People with Disabilities works too. There is also a section of the page for librarians to share practical experiences and advice about evaluating resources for accessibility. This is geared toward librarians who are not experts about accessibility. I hope you will consider contributing to the wiki. More information about accessibility of many types of resources is needed. If it is easier for you to email information you’d like to contribute, rather than to post directly to the wiki, you are welcome to email Adina Mulliken at firstname.lastname@example.org.