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Don't Work in Isolation: Library Partners and Organizational Support for Accessibility Angelina Zaytsev High.

Don't Work in Isolation: Library Partners and Organizational Support for Accessibility Angelina Zaytsev High. Ed. Web 2020 Accessibility Summit June 25, 2020

What is Hathi. Trust? ● A digital library ● A membership organization www. hathitrust.

What is Hathi. Trust? ● A digital library ● A membership organization www. hathitrust. org June 25, 2020 2

Our challenges ● Many stakeholders ● Small staff ● Shared developers June 25, 2020

Our challenges ● Many stakeholders ● Small staff ● Shared developers June 25, 2020 3

Challenges our member libraries face ● Library missions: to collect, facilitate access to, and

Challenges our member libraries face ● Library missions: to collect, facilitate access to, and teach the use of resources ○ Diversity and accessibility part of the cultural discourse ● Verifying the accessibility of resources they license ○ Payan v. Los Angeles Community College District lawsuit ● Partnering with disability service offices to provide accessible versions of resources June 25, 2020 4

Member challenge: verify accessibility of licensed resources ● Serendipity and an opportunity ● Project:

Member challenge: verify accessibility of licensed resources ● Serendipity and an opportunity ● Project: review and document the accessibility of our digital library platform with a Voluntary Product accessibility Template (VPAT) June 25, 2020 5

Seizing the opportunity ● Our mission ○ “To dramatically improve access to these materials

Seizing the opportunity ● Our mission ○ “To dramatically improve access to these materials in ways that, first and foremost, meet the needs of the co-owning institutions, with a particular emphasis on ensuring access for individuals with print disabilities. ” ● Our strategic directions ○ “Extend the access program for print-disabled users in the general public to dramatically increase the volume of accessible materials. ” ○ “Streamline existing services for print-disabled users and amplify our focus on accessibility for all users of Hathi. Trust’s services. ” June 25, 2020 6

VPAT project Expectations Reality ● 2 -3 months for review of website ● 2

VPAT project Expectations Reality ● 2 -3 months for review of website ● 2 weeks to fix any issues ● 2 weeks to finalize the VPAT June 25, 2020 7

VPAT project Expectations ● 2 -3 months for review of website ● 2 weeks

VPAT project Expectations ● 2 -3 months for review of website ● 2 weeks to fix any issues ● 2 weeks to finalize the VPAT June 25, 2020 Reality ● 78 issues uncovered ● 2 months to update the website and fix most issues ● Ongoing work to resolve more difficult issues 8

VPAT project outcomes ● Major website update in June 2019 ● Responsive website in

VPAT project outcomes ● Major website update in June 2019 ● Responsive website in October 2019 ● The first of many accessibility projects in 2019 the “year of accessibility” June 25, 2020 9

Member challenge: providing accessible books ● Project: Improve documentation and branding for our service

Member challenge: providing accessible books ● Project: Improve documentation and branding for our service ● New name: Accessible Text Request Service (ATRS) ● New, comprehensive documentation about accessibility, ATRS ● Add Accessibility page to footer June 25, 2020 10

Federating Repositories of Accessible Learning Materials for Higher Education Collaboration with Internet Archive, Benetech,

Federating Repositories of Accessible Learning Materials for Higher Education Collaboration with Internet Archive, Benetech, UVirginia to build: ● a search interface to allow disability service offices to discover accessible and remediated files ● a repository to allow upload of remediated files so other campuses can provide them to their users June 25, 2020 11

"The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights" ● Legal white paper

"The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights" ● Legal white paper out of FRAME grant ● Reviews and dismantles common perceptions about copyright restrictions held by many disability services staff Download it from arl. org June 25, 2020 12

Summary: ● Build connections with others on your campus who are doing accessibility work.

Summary: ● Build connections with others on your campus who are doing accessibility work. ● Partner with other organizations and units to find shared solutions to common problems. ● Re-investigate the assumptions that constrain your work. June 25, 2020 13

Thank you. azaytsev@hathitrust. org @Angelina. NZ June 25, 2020 14

Thank you. [email protected] org @Angelina. NZ June 25, 2020 14