The Libraries strive to provide effortless access to the University Libraries’ onlineresources for students; faculty; staff; visitors; and the general public regardless ofdisability, and to foster ownership of accessibility across the Libraries webcommunity, building accessibility into the Libraries’ web site and applications. Our ongoing accessibility efforts are outlined below.
The Libraries, continues to use HiSoftware Compliance Sherifffor our automated scanning and works with the ITS Assistive Technology Specialiston manual reviews of Libraries web pages, content and applications using JAWs andother screen reading software. The CMS Development Team continues to beresponsible for accessible development of the templates and components within theAdobe Content Management System. The team is on a weekly development cycle. Allnew code development goes through a quality assurance (QA) process, which includes automated and manual accessibility testing.
As of July, 2014, the ITS Assistive Technology Specialist is a formal member of theLibraries QA Testing Team and is responsible for testing weekly code releases. TheLibraries Web and Accessibility Specialist is responsible for web content oversightand works with CMS authors and web reps to interpret the results of bi-weeklyaccessibility scans and ensures that new and existing web content continues to beaccessible.
We have continued to focus our efforts on web assets as well, including ongoing training of our authors on best practices in creating accessible documents and multimedia. The ITS Assistive Technology Specialist holds monthly accessibilityoffice hours in the Libraries to assist in ongoing manual testing of web pages,applications and development projects.
The Adaptive/Accessibility Interest Group was formed in 2012 and is made up offaculty and staff from across the Libraries who have an interest in accessibilityissues. In 2014, A2IG became an official Libraries Working Group charged by theHead of Access Services as a forum for discussion and questions and a bodyresponsible for making recommendations for programs, policies and processesrelated to accessibility in the Libraries.
The Libraries is kept informed of accessibility efforts and the importance ofaccessibility via the weekly employee newsletter, Libraries-wide emails,presentations at monthly Tech Updates and regular reports.
The Libraries hosted the following meetings,webinars and presentations:
Libraries’ Staff Participation:
The Libraries strive to provide effortless access to the University Libraries’ online resources for students; faculty; staff; visitors; and the general public regardless of disability, and to foster ownership of accessibility across the Libraries web community, building accessibilityinto the Libraries’ web site and applications. Our ongoing accessibility efforts are outlined below.
The Libraries continues to use HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for our automated scanning and works with the ITS Assistive Technology Specialist on manual reviews of Libraries web pages, content and applications using JAWs and other screen reading software. The CMS Development Team continues to be responsible for accessible development of the templates and components within the Adobe Content Management System. The team is on a weekly development cycle. All new code development goes through a quality assurance process which includes automated and manual accessibility testing. The Libraries has recently created a new Web and Accessibility Specialist position as part of its ongoing accessibility efforts. The Web and Accessibility Specialist is responsible for web content oversight and works with CMS authors and web reps to interpret the results of accessibility scans and to ensure that new and existing web content continues to be accessible. Beginning in October, the ITS Assistive Technology Specialist will be holding monthly "accessibility office hours" in the Libraries to assist in ongoing manual testing of web pages, applications and development projects.
The Adaptive/Accessibility Interest Group is made up of faculty and staff from across the Libraries who have an interest in accessibilityissues. The group was formed in 2012 as a forum for discussion and questions and meets monthly to make recommendations for programs, policies and processes related to accessibility in the Libraries.
The Libraries is kept informed of accessibility efforts and the importance of accessibility via the weekly employee newsletter, LFO Forensics, Libraries-wide emails, presentations at monthly Tech Updates and regular reports.
The Libraries hosted the following meetings, webinars and presentations:
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Creating and maintaining an accessible web site is an ongoing Libraries priority and responsibility. Our goal is:
The original audit was conducted centrally by AIT committee members using HiSoftware’s Compliance Sheriff. The audit was done on the top 250 pages of the Libraries web site.
The Libraries are using two tools for automated accessibility checking of our web pages (both template and content). The SiteImprove/SiteCheck service has been in place since remediation began in August 2011. In February, 2012, when the University purchased the license to HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff, the Libraries began using the University-wide validation tool to be consistent with the remainder of the University’s Budget Executive units. HiSoftware’s Compliance Sheriff will check Web sites for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, as well as accessibility of content such as PDF’s and Microsoft office files.
In addition to our automated checking, we employ an Assistive Technology Expert, who does regular, manual reviews of our pages and content using JAWs. Based on Google Analytics, the most visited pages and assets are checked first.
The CMS Development Team will correct any accessibility issues that occur in the web site templates or components that authors use to add content to their pages. Content authors need to be concerned only with making sure the content they create is accessible. Where code causing accessibility issues is written by Adobe CQ and cannot be accessed by the developers, the Development Team will work with Adobe to correct these issues.
The Web Accessibility team will perform most of the content remediation. After author accessibility training begins in April, trained authors will take over page remediation on those pages for which they are responsible.
The Libraries web pages include a number of assets including word, pdf, excel, powerpoint and video files. All of the assets will be made accessible or will be made available in alternate format by request.
The Libraries is working closely with Serials Solutions to determine accessibility concerns of LionSearch (Summon). Summon is on a 2-week development cycle, and the Libraries will work with the Assistive Technology Expert and provide feedback to Serials Solutions to ensure this product meets the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.
Author Training including:
Libraries faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in numerous trainings being provided to the University community on web accessibility, creation of accessible information; captioning, and plans for strategies to meet the Policy AD-69.
The Penn State University Libraries is working closely with the Adobe CQ5 development team on a number of development issues surrounding accessibility. (see Adobe Success Story )
Summon is on a 2-week development cycle. After each bi-weekly release, the The Penn State University Libraries team reviews the Summon interface and does automated and manual checks on the search interface. The results are sent to the Summon developers to incorporate into their next development cycle.
The Penn State University Libraries worked closely with Site Improve on their beta release of the WCAG 2.0 Web Governance Suite, including testing and feedback.
The University Libraries is working to coordinate a collaboration between HiSoftware and Adobe to incorporate the HiSoftware API into the Adobe CQ5 procut workflow for in-page accessibility checking at the content author level.
In October, 2011, three web developers in I-Tech received a Libraries Innovation Microgrant for a “Screen Reader’s Guide to Navigating Online Library Resources”. The purpose of this project is to create a more welcoming online environment for our users with disabilities. We will produce context appropriate tip sheets for navigating and using key resources with screen readers. These guides will be discoverable by screen readers on entry points to key resources. Creating a Screen Reader’s Guide will allow users to independently and more easily navigate the Libraries’ web site as well as our third party tools such as database aggregators, e-journals, library software applications, etc. Prototyping of database guides was done through a Bednar internship in 2004. This project will continue that work and bring it into production. At the conclusion of the project, we’d like to collaborate and benchmark with other universities on this initiative.