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. The resources reflect insight gained from those with lived experiences of a disability. Improvements to accessibility make life easier for everyone.
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Watch the Social Media Platform webinar to learn about multiple platforms’ accessibility advantages and barriers, with recorded demonstrations of the barriers in select platforms.
The Accessibility Etiquette panel brings together a group of experts to talk about their positive and negative library experiences, how those experiences could have been improved, with suggestions on how to do so.
This outline discusses and provides guidelines for creating accessible spreadsheets – in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and Apple Numbers. Accessible spreadsheets create an inclusive experience and ensure the information is understandable for all library staff and patrons.
This resource describes and demonstrates why accessibility overlays prevent your website from being accessible. Websites or digital content can be accessible to screen readers and other assistive technologies by following accessibility standards and guidelines.
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