Annual Conference Session
VPAT--Documenting Our Commitment to Accessibility
Many public libraries and higher educational institutions are beginning to implement strict accessibility policies to ensure that all of their users have equitable access to the digital services they license. Enforcement of long-standing accessibility requirements for electronic products may come as a surprise to some publishers and vendors who will have to clearly demonstrate compliance or risk non-renewals and cancellations. Often the first step in this process for libraries is to look for a vendor's Voluntary Accessibility Product Template (VPAT) to keep on file. Unfortunately, they’re not always easy to find, if they exist at all. Why is this an important effort? How can publishers and vendors make this information more readily available? Are there ways we can collaborate to save work for publishers, libraries and vendors? What are the consequences of failing to provide an easily findable and current VPAT?
Join the PVLR Interest Group for a panel discussion on the importance of accessibility standards, the role of the VPAT, and strategies for communicating requirements as well as compliance.
Speakers: Ajaye Bloomstone (Lousiana State University), Danica Lewis (North Carolina State University), and Susanne Hart (EBSCO).
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Forum/Update,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.