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Accessibility Toolkit for Academic Librarians

Welcome to the Accessibility Toolkit for Librarians. This toolkit is your go-to resource for integrating accessibility into your services, instruction, and interactions with patrons. Each section is packed with resources and best practices to help you make the Libraries more inclusive and accessible to all patrons. Initially, you will find:

  • Foundations of Accessibility: An introductory section on why accessibility is essential in academic libraries and how it benefits all users.
  • Accessibility Checklists: Practical checklists to guide you in making both physical and digital library spaces accessible.
  • Resources & Tools: Explore a curated list of resources and tools tailored to the specific needs of academic libraries.

This toolkit is intended to grow and evolve, with new sections and updates planned to ensure it remains a valuable, up-to-date resource. Stay tuned for future enhancements!

How to Use this Guide to Improve Accessibility

  • Step-by-Step Guidance: Each section of this toolkit is designed to guide you through different aspects of accessibility in a clear and structured way. Start with the Foundations of Accessibility to understand the basic principles and importance of accessibility. 
  • Checklists for Immediate Action: The Accessibility Checklists are your practical tool for immediate application. Use these checklists to audit your current practices and identify areas for improvement.
  • Implement Tools and Resources: In the Resources & Tools section, you will find a selection resources specifically chosen to make the implementation of accessibility features more straightforward.
  • Training and Workshops: Consider using the toolkit as a training resource in workshops or staff meetings. This can help ensure that all team members are aware of and skilled in applying accessibility principles and practices.

Focus on Feasible Changes

You don't need to overhaul all your accessibility practices at once. Instead, consider focusing on one or two key areas that you can improve immediately. Even the smallest changes, such as adding alt text to images or enhancing the contrast on your guide, can make a significant difference in making  the library more welcoming and accessible to all users. This approach allows you to make impactful adjustments that are manageable and sustainable. Remember, every step towards accessibility is a step towards inclusivity.

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