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Best Practices in Accessibility for Purchasing and Marketing E-Resources: ADA Compliance and the Law

Essential Legislation

Academic libraries are under federal legal obligation to ensure their facilities, services and resources are accessible to individuals with disabilities.



Once legislation is established, regulations from government agencies led to accessibility standards and concerns about applications of the law in libraries, K-12 schools, and higher education.



Guidelines and tools from leading global organizations have also assisted accessibility efforts.


  • The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) presented the 2008 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as a guideline on web accessibility and has offered evaluative tools, such as the Web Accessibility Evaluation (WAVE) tool to assist organization in checking library created pages for W3C and 508 compliance.


CVAA Legislation

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The National Library Service, throughout a network of cooperating regional and subregional libraries located throughout the United States and its territories and to American citizens abroad, provides over 200,000 books and magazines in audio, braille, and e-braille.

  • Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores.