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Best Practices for LibGuides Accessibility

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

Why is this important?

Ensuring that all aspects of your guide - including the resources you link to - are accessible is valuable for the user experience. When possible, verify and note the accessibility of the documents and media you link to. If the linked resources are not accessible (e.g., a video does not have captions), consider using a different resources.

For assistance with this, revisit the Tier 1 pages on "Video Captions" and "Accessible Linked Documents."

Non-library created media

It's important to choose media with captions and transcripts.  When embedding that media:

  • Make sure the video isn't set to auto-play
  • If a transcript and/or captions are not available in the widget, post a direct link to the video and add a description indicating which accessible options can be found there. For example:

If your chosen content doesn't have captions, consider reaching out to the host and asking them to add them or select a more accessible resource.

Non-library created linked documents

Additional, non-library created documents you link to should be accessible. In many cases, that means they should be in Word instead of a PDF.  If you can only find a PDF version, add a statement that the document may not be accessible.