Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study

Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study

Axel Schmetzke (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 45
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-107-0.ch008
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Abstract

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that library programs and services must be accessible to people with disabilities. In an era in which much information resides in digitized form on the World Wide Web, the ADA’s mandate must be interpreted as applying not only to physical space but also to cyberspace. Just as in the physical world, proper design is a crucial issue. Only accessibly-designed Web pages ensure that all people, including those with print disabilities, have access to Web-based information. Previous studies indicate that a large proportion of campus, as well at the main libraries on these campuses. This study looks at all 56 North American ALA-accredited schools of library and information science (SLIS), as well at the main libraries on these campuses. Accessibility data collected in February 2002 are compared to 2000 data. The findings continue to give cause for concern: It is reasonable to assume that low Web page accessibility at the nation’s library schools reflects a lack of awareness about this issue among the leaders and trainers in the library profession.

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Acknowledgments
Mary Hricko
Dedication
Chapter 1
Holly Yu
Through a series of federal and state laws and standards, the legal foundation concerning Web accessibility that impact people with disabilities and... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation
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Chapter 2
Mary Hricko
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal agencies must ensure the provision of accessible electronic and information technology.... Sample PDF
Understanding Section 508 and Its Implications for Distance Education
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Chapter 3
Barbara A. Frey, Ashli Molinero, Ellen R. Cohn
This chapter addresses the current status of Web accessibility and usability in higher education. As post secondary institutions strive to expand... Sample PDF
Strategies to Increase Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education
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Chapter 4
Jody Condit Fagan
Providing a text-only version of a Web site is one way that Web developers can meet the accessibility guidelines suggested by the World Wide Web... Sample PDF
Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?
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Chapter 5
Sheryl Burghstahler
Web-based distance learning programs promise learning options anywhere, anytime, to anyone. However, some individuals with disabilities are locked... Sample PDF
Web-Based Distance Learning and the Second Digital Divide
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Chapter 6
Robert Luke, Laurie Harrison
Providing educational opportunities within online environments, while beneficial, also has the potential to exclude a significant portion of the... Sample PDF
Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation
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Chapter 7
Maggie Lynch, Patti DeWitz
Currently, 24% of the population has experienced significant vision loss. Though there has been some progress on developing accessible Web pages... Sample PDF
Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty
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Chapter 8
Axel Schmetzke
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that library programs and services must be accessible to people with disabilities. In an era in... Sample PDF
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Chapter 9
Amy Metcalfe
The number of students with disabilities who attend college is rising, which may be one of the many positive outcomes of the Americans with... Sample PDF
Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Web Accessibility in Higher Education: A Case Study
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Appendix A: Resources for Further Information
Appendix B: Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
Appendix C: Pull and Push: A Select Webibliography of Products Serving Section 508
Alice Bedard-Voorhees
About the Authors