When faced with the problem of how to simplify the process of searching for articles in library databases for our visually impaired students, two academic librarians and their colleague in the Office of Accessibility Services collaborated to find a quick solution. The specific issue focused on students who use screen reading software. After discussing various possibilities, we decided to create a LibGuide that would include widgets for several of our most popular multidisciplinary databases. We anticipated that the use of widgets would allow for more direct access by bypassing several steps in the search process and minimizing the amount of words on the screen. In this case less is more, as screen reading software systematically reads every word on the page which can be very time consuming.
Once the LibGuide was completed, a trial run was conducted using JAWS screen reading software. As a result, we found the LibGuide to be quite easy to navigate, once we adjusted to the text to speech output of the software. We plan to formally collect data on user experience with the new LibGuide in the near future. Our poster will describe the problem, procedure, solution, and implementation of the new LibGuide along with a screenshot. Attendees will be asked to share how they address the issue of database accessibility at their institution.