Accessible Electronic Resources for All

This webinar covers the library's role in providing equal access to electronic databases, streaming media, and other online materials. This webinar will cover accessibility-related legislation such as the Rehabilitation Act Section 504/508 and ADA law, their impact on library acquisitions, and current legal challenges.

The webinar introduces participants to policies, standards, and functional web requirements to frame a discussion on the barriers faced by people with disabilities, as well as discuss format-specific needs for streaming media, websites, online journals, databases, e-books, and e-readers. A demonstration of freely available tools that librarians can use to test and evaluate accessibility of online resources closes the session.

Originally presented on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have:

  1. an awareness about accessibility related legislation,
  2. an awareness of the barriers found when disabled patrons access electronic library collections,
  3. the ability evaluate accessibility issues and take action to correct barriers.

Who Should Attend

Acquisitions librarians, electronic resources librarians, distance-education librarians, and anyone with an interest in this topic.


Angela Dresselhaus is Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Montana.




How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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