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Best Practices for LibGuides Accessibility

This guide includes instructions for updating individual LibGuides to be as accessible as possible.

Welcome to the guide for updating LibGuides to be as accessible as possible!

Where should I start?

We have broken down updating your LibGuides for accessibility into three tiers.

Tier 1 -  Need to do

These are the updates that have the most immediate impacts on accessibility. These updates should be done first. They have a fairly low threshold.

Tier 2 - Nice to do

This updates can be done after completing Tier 1. They still positively impact accessibility but may take more time to accomplish.

Tier 3 - Ideal

The final tier of updates are "icing on the cake." Do these as time and interest allows.

Specific updates are listed as subpages for their respective tier. Each update page includes detailed instructions for making the change. Not all of your guides will include all of these elements or need all of the updates (e.g., if your guides don't include videos, you don't need to check for captions).

While we recommend making the updates one tier at a time - moving from 1 to 3 - there is no particular order that a tier's updates should be made.

The final page of this guide - "Accessibility Resources" - compiles resources and accessibility tools you may use during the updates.


As of February 2023, all of the School of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering guides have been fully updated. If you are interested, compare a before and after example of the Geography research guide.

Thank you

We are immensely grateful to the NYU Libraries' "NYU LibGuide Accessibility" guide. This resource provided a framework for choosing which accessibility updates to make and how to implement them. 

We also would like to thank the SLCC Universal Access Coordinator, James Farquharson for reviewing our project and providing guidance and additional resources. To learn more about accessibility at the College, please contact James.