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Accessibility Workshop for Brooklyn College: Create Accessible LibGuides

Step-by-step Instructions: LibGuides Accessibility

Page Title

  • Page titles should be brief, clear, informative, and unique.
  • When adding new pages in LibGuides, the "Page Name" field is equivalent to the "Title" field.

Screen grab showing where to place the page title in libguides.


  • Headings help in organizing a web page.
  • When creating headings in LibGuides make sure to use the actual heading option and don't just make them visually look different.

Screen grab showing how to select headings from the drop down menu in the Rich Text/HTML

Alt-Text for Images (Alternative text)

  • Making images and graphics "visible" to all users is one of the first principles of accessibility. 
  • The way you make your image visible to everyone is by adding "alternative text" or "alt-text".
  • Adding alt-text to your images is an accessibility best practice.
  • Adding alternative text ("alt text") to an image, will make images and graphics "visible".
  • For people using screen readers or browsing speech-enabled websites alt-text can be read aloud or rendered as Braille.
  • Alt-text gives the speech input software users the ability to put focus onto a button or linked image with a single voice command. 
  • Alt-text allows mobile users to turn images off to help with download speeds or limit data-roaming charges.
  • In LibGuides there are several ways to add alt-text to images.
  • You can add "default" alt-text to an image by using the "Image Manager" to upload the image.
    • Each time you reuse an image its default alt-text will be attached.
    • This greatly increases the odds alt-text won't be overlooked (especially for images in your shared library.)
  • You can also add /change alt-text when you add an image in a Rich Text/HTML.

How to add default alt-text to an image via the Image Manager:

  1. Go to Content in top menu bar
  2. Click on Image Manager in drop down menu

Screen grab showing how to access image map from top menu under content


  1. In the Image Manager window, upload a new image, then click on the thumbnail and/or click on the thumbnail of image already uploaded to add default alt-text. (Make sure to click on the actual image and not link icon.)

Image Manager view properties


  1. In the Edit Image Properties window, enter your alt-text into the Alternative Text field.
  2. Click the Save button.


How to add alt-text to an image you add via the Rich Text/HTML box:

  • Select "Add Rich Text/ HTML"

Rich Text/HTML screen image

  • Select "Image" icon

Image selection icon


  • In the "Image Properties" window type in the alt-text in the "Alternative Text" field.

Image Properties pop-up window image showing where to type in alternative text


How to create Lists and Tables

  • Do not create lists or tables manually, use the built in formatting.
  • Do not use tables for layout.
  • When creating tables make sure to add table row headings.

screen grab with red arrows showing where to create numbered or bullet list and table.