In the ideal library, every patron should have adequate access to every service or location, for both legal and ethical reasons. Now that the Web has become a ubiquitous addition to the lives of so many librarians and patrons, the inevitable question becomes how to address and minimize the difficulties patrons face when accessing the Web on site. In this useful guide, Jenny Craven brings together a number of experts to discuss the significance and best practices of accessibility in a library’s online environment.
Among the book’s contents is a discussion of various user needs: mobility, vision, auditory and cognitive issues, and more. In addition, the book summarizes the tools and resources available to libraries wishing to increase accessibility: specialized keyboards, sounds, and screen magnification, Braille output, text-to-speech applications, or speech recognition. It also includes chapters dedicated to evaluation--how do libraries know when they’ve minimized difficulty for persons with disabilities?--advice, and best practices. Ideal for libraries of all types, the book will provide any reader with a solid understanding of the issues involved in Web accessibility and can be used as an educational resource.