Is Your Online Library for Everyone?

‘This blog post explores six common web accessibility myths and implications for online library services and programs. Stay tuned for even more information and resources to help you serve diverse children and families in the forthcoming ALSC Virtual Storytime Services Guide!”

Myth #1: People with disabilities don’t use the internet or interact with my library online.

Myth #2: It’s not really that important to make youth library programs accessible. Most people with disabilities are adults, right?

Myth #3: Web accessibility is optional. Libraries don’t have to provide auxiliary aids (such as closed captions) unless they are requested.

Myth #4: People with disabilities have assistive devices (such as screen readers) that will enable them to interact with our online content regardless of the platforms we use.

Myth #5: Designing with accessibility in mind makes things look “ugly” or “boring.” Most of our library users won’t find it helpful or attractive.