Testing

Testing

History

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) began funding high-level third-party accessibility evaluations for select vendor e-resources in 2017. In 2019, the Association of Research Libraries (ASERL) joined in these and other library accessibility efforts, becoming the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA).

E-Resources are selected based upon recommendations from member libraries and the platforms that the majority of the consortia own or are considering for purchase.

Method

The LAA has contracts with two accessibility consulting companies (Deque and Usability/Accessibility Research & Consulting, or UARC, from Michigan State University) for them to perform high-level, meaning not entirely comprehensive, accessibility evaluations based on WCAG 2.1 AA. The consulting companies are given a designated number of hours for the evaluations and are intended to identify some, but not all, accessibility issues/barriers.

The LAA selects typically two vendors a month and submits scoping documents (example scoping document) to Deque and UARC. The scoping document outlines typical library e-resource tasks a user might perform (basic and advanced searching, viewing search results, applying filters and refining results, viewing individual items, etc).

Results

The program provides vendors with a report and the opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products, while giving members of the library community information about the accessibility of specific library e-resources.

All evaluations funded by the LAA are provided to e-resource vendors free of charge. Vendors are invited to submit a response and attend a consultation call with Deque/UARC, also at no charge. All e-resource accessibility evaluations and vendor responses are publicly available below.

Evaluations

Disclaimer

These products were reviewed by third-party accessibility consulting companies on the dates indicated. The information in these reports represents the findings of the reviewers at the time of testing and should not be assumed to be accurate past the testing date. The information contained in these reports represents only what testers encountered under the conditions specified in the report and is not meant to encourage or discourage other entities’ usage of these products. Other users and testers are encouraged to do their own assessment.