The Role of an Electronic Resources Librarian in Procuring Accessible Online Resources
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Per the 2019 NASIG Core Competencies for electronic resources librarians (ERL), ERLs “work with concepts and methods that are very much in flux … [they are] knowledgeable about the legal framework within which libraries and information agencies operate… [including] laws relating to… equal rights (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act)”. However, the Core Competencies do not define the level to which an ERL is responsible for determining the accessibility of an electronic resource. This article aims to create a better understanding of the steps an ERL can take to develop an accessibility statement pertaining to procuring accessible content. This article synthesizes key laws and policies that ERLs should be aware of in order to draft an accessibility procurement statement for their institution. It will also discuss licensing strategies, documentation collection, and conducting potential audits of electronic purchases.
McKelvey, Hannah. “The Role of an Electronic Resources Librarian in Procuring Accessible Online Resources.” Serials Review 46, no. 2 (April 2, 2020): 76–81. doi:10.1080/00987913.2020.1772012.