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A research guide focused on the accessibility of the college, libraries, and library materials.


Core Value: Access

"All information resources that are provided directly or indirectly by the library, regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery, should be readily, equally, and equitably accessible to all library users" ALA Policy Manual B.2.1.14 Economic Barriers to Information Access 

Resources in the Library

A major goal for librarians is to provide accessible content -- more than separate software packages.

We can provide assistance with the use of ease of access options and the screen readers that come with operating systems (Narrator for Microsoft -- Windows 7 & 8 and Windows 10 -- and VoiceOver for Apple).

We also work with the Disability Resource Center to provide accommodations and specialized software.

Resources Online

We do our best to subscribe to electronic resources and services that are accessible. For example, our Research Guides are compliant with accessibility standards.

Most of our databases are also compliant with accessibility standards. Here's some more information about some of the main database providers:

  • While EBSCO databases work with screen readers, we know from testing that the interface is not as friendly; it takes longer to find the specific sections due to the nature of its menu set-up.
  • Our Gale databases work with screen readers, along with providing audio narration and translation options.
  • ProQuest recently updated their interface, which include updates to responsive design and accessibility. ProQuest also provides the infrastructure for our Charger Search.
  • Our video databases provide both closed captioning and transcripts.

Media Services

Need media assistance? Contact the library for help with:

  • technical assistance for a presentation
  • scheduling a multimedia production consultation
  • Desktop Video Conference (DVC) technical help

For other media needs, submit an Audiovisual Support Request.

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