April 16, 2021

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.

Read the Complete Blog Post (approx. 540 words)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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