Libraries play a fundamental role in removing barriers to accessing information, supporting literacy, and offering opportunities for learning and connection. The Accessible Libraries website was developed by the Public Library Accessibility Resource Centre (PLARC) as a support for libraries while they do the important work of nurturing accessible spaces in their communities.
Within this website, you will find carefully curated resources created by and for Canadian public and academic libraries with the goal of sharing ideas, information, and best practices about accessibility initiatives. Improvements to accessibility make life easier for everyone.
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The procurement process is complex, and accessibility should be one of the significant components of this process. The Public Library Accessibility Resource Center (PLARC) has developed the procurement guidelines for purchasing and licensing online digital resources and content.
Asking vendors about the accessibility of their products ensures that you provide the most inclusive content and reading systems available for your patrons. This is important because not all content, online services, and reading systems have accessibility built into them by design.
Asking vendors about the accessibility of their e-resource platforms (websites, apps, and reading platforms) ensures that you provide the most inclusive reading experience for library patrons. This is important because not all online services and reading systems have accessibility built into them by design.
Use this checklist when procuring e-resource platforms (websites, apps, or reading platforms) to help you determine if the platforms are accessible. Investing in accessible e-resources at the procurement stage will ensure that they are easier to maintain and upgrade and are more likely to be compatible with assistive technologies.
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