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Libraries and Learning Innovation Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for systems and websites managed by Libraries and Learning Innovation (LLI) at Leeds Beckett University

LLI uses a number of systems and websites to deliver its service to students and staff of the University. We want as many people as possible to use these and we work with platform owners and content creators to ensure this.

The table below:

  • lists these systems and websites
  • links to individual accessibility statements or notes on accessibility
  • provides additional information about compliance
Name and provider of system / site Link to Accessibility Statement / information on accessibility Additional information
Library Website and associated functions (FAQs / Room Bookings / Tutorials / Chat) (Springshare) Training materials on accessibility available behind admin log-in Chat window used overnight will be retired during 2019 and replaced with alternative system.
MyBeckett (Blackboard)  Accessibility in Blackboard Learn  
Skills for Learning (In-house) Accessibility Statement

Website being rebuilt during 2019/20.

Reading Lists (Talis) Web Accessibility Statement

Liaising with supplier re linking to this from within the system.

We have created alternative format reading lists.

Discover (Ebsco) Accessibility Information  
Catalogue (Sirsi Dynix)

US based supplier.

Provides a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template dated October 2014 behind admin log-in

The supplier states that the next upgrade to this system (the Enterprise version) will provide increased accessibility.
PebblePad (PebblePad) Accessibility Overview Portfolio system with content mainly uploaded by students.
Turnitin (Turnitn) Our Commitment to Accessibility  
Repository (Eprints) Accessibility Statement  
Research Information System (Symplectic)    We use the most recent version of this software which states that it has added new accessibility features but does not elaborate.
Ebook Collections - various suppliers   LLI was a lead partner on the ebook accessibility project and continues to work closely with suppliers.
Ejournal Collections - various suppliers  

LLI uses preferred licensing guidelines when purchasing electronic resources which includes key accessibility measures.

We feed back to suppliers where their platform or content isn't accessible.

Digitised readings created under the CLA licence Accessibility Policy Policy doesn't cover content uploaded - will be queried with CLA.
E-theses   Electronic formats of PhD theses supplied by third party (students). Retrospective will not have considered accessibility; guidance will be provided for new submissions.
Teach learn staff web pages (Sitecore) Accessibility Content on main university website.
Library blog (Sitecore) Accessibility Content on main university website.
Social media applications (Various)   Try to upload accessible content where possible but platforms are provided by commercial organisations.

LLI has identified a staffing resource to undertake audits of our systems and websites during 2019-20 and to produce individual Statements for each one.

We will review this Statement at least once per year.  

Examples of how many of our systems and websites are accessible:

  • making text as simple as possible to understand.
  • writing good link text.
  • structuring content.
  • providing alt-text for images.
  • providing subtitles for videos.
  • zoom without the text spilling off the screen.
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts.

 

We know some parts of our websites and systems are not fully accessible:

  • some images do not have a text alternative
  • externally produced or older videos and animations may not have subtitles
  • you cannot change the colours, font or text sizes
  • you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • we have not tested navigation of the sites by speech recognition

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

The Library’s software page provides information on assistive software which may help in using our systems and websites.

If you need information on the content of our systems and websites in a different format (for example accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please Contact Us using the links on the right hand side of this page.

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our systems and websites. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact h.loughran@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Libraries and Learning Innovation, Leeds Beckett University is committed to making its systems and websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. We believe that:

These systems and websites are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below. (Please note this is a sample of non-compliances from our systems and websites. We will confirm and update this Statement when we have conducted our audits).

 

Some of the ways in which our systems and websites are not yet compliant with the Regulations are:

 

  • ​Some images in our FAQs do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
  • Some videos and animations on our Skills for Learning website do not have accessible versions. We are updating this website for launch in September 2020 and will ensure all video content is accessible.
  • We have not tested our systems and websites with speech recognition software. As part of our audit process we will test our systems and websites.
  • Scans created for our digitised readings service are not always fully accessible. We are hoping to purchase for a new scanner and improved software for future outputs.

 

We will provide a full list of the ways in which our systems and websites are non-compliant when we have conducted our audits.

We will be testing our systems and websites during 2019/20. We will identify the tools and methodologies to do this by October 2019.

We have created a roadmap to improve accessibility:

1.            Assign member of staff responsible for undertaking audits of our systems and websites by September 2019

2.            Identify tools and methodology for audits by October 2019

3.            Audit systems and websites by March 2020

4.            Produce Accessibility Statements for each of our systems and websites by July 2020

5.            Identify actions to be undertaken by ourselves or in conjunction with our providers by July 2020.

6.            Monitor progress towards full compliance by September 2020

This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019. It was last updated on 20 September 2019.

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