Blog Post: “This Month in Accessibility: Harvard Library Digital Accessibility Audit Project”
From the Harvard Library:
In April 2019, Harvard announced the Harvard University Digital Accessibility policy, which requires any new or substantially revised public websites conform to a specific standard for accessibility, as of December 2019. However, in keeping with the Library’s 2019 Strategic Priority for Inclusion & Belonging, we decided to go beyond the minimum the standard required by reviewing the accessibility of 14 public-facing library interfaces, not just those up for redesign.
Digital Strategies & Innovations (DSI) convened a Harvard Library Digital Accessibility Team for this project, which took place from July-November 2019. Our team included library developers, analysts, technologists, designers, UX experts, special collections staff, and other colleagues from around the Library.
Our focus was to document and prioritize accessibility issues to enable quick remediation rather than to give an overall score or grade. In many cases, small fixes for accessibility can have broad impacts, and our primary goal was to make an initial step in ensuring Harvard Library is accessible online.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.