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How can library databases be made more accessible?

This web page provides a short list of tips to make library databases more accessible. Some tips include speech output systems and electronic resources.

Washington University, DO-IT

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Posted by: knann on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.

I think the title is misleading for the content given. It is really a discussion about the tools and services that libraries should provide to ensure accessibility. Organization of the list of questions could be improved. For instance, first on the list should refer to institutional purchasing policies:---"are materials evaluated for accessibility?" Unless the collection is developed with accessibility in mind, it is difficult to fathom how a librarian can respond to the question: " Do electronic resources with images and sound provide text alternatives or information to these formats". Although the list is actually quite comprehensive, it lacks cohesiveness for transitions between questions concerning policy, tools, and services.

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