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:
|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 (Sept 2019). This is progressing. planned for Spring 2020 (Feb 2020).
We have manually audited a sample of our Library website pages and identified a number of areas of non-compliance which we are beginning to address (Feb 2020).
We have created guidelines for providing ALT-Text for images and this is currently being used to ensure new FAQs are accessible (Feb 2020).
|MyBeckett (Blackboard)||Accessibility in Blackboard Learn||
We have created a guide for academic colleagues on designing accessible content for students using MyBeckett (Feb 2020).
|Skills for Learning (In-house)||Skills for Learning Accessibility Statement||
Website being rebuilt during 2019/20 (Sept 2019).
|Reading Lists (Talis)||Talis Web Accessibility Statement||
Liaising with supplier re linking to this from within the system (Sept 2019). Each reading list now has a link to the Statement from within the system toolbar (Feb 2020).
We have created alternative format reading lists (Sept 2019). 61 students were registered and 154 reading lists shared in semesters one (Feb 2020).
|Discover (Ebsco)||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 (Sept 2019).
We are currently updating the email messages we send from our existing system and are checking these with a screen reader to ensure they are accessible (Feb 2020).
|PebblePad (PebblePad)||PebblePad Accessibility Overview||Portfolio system with content mainly uploaded by students (Sept 2019).|
|Turnitin (Turnitn)||Turnitin Commitment to Accessibility||
We have identified an issue with the Turnitin Feedback Studio for students who use screen readers or voice over to have web content read aloud. We are liaising with our the supplier who does provide some information on their website and updating our guidance with practical solutions (Feb 2020).
|Repository (Eprints)||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 (Sept 2019).|
|Ebook Collections - various suppliers||
LLI was a lead partner on the ebook accessibility project and continues to work closely with suppliers (Sept 2019).
We are beginning work to add publisher Accessibility Statements to the information on our Ebook Collections web page (Feb 2020).
|Ejournal Collections - various suppliers||
LLI uses preferred licensing guidelines when purchasing electronic resources which includes key accessibility measures (Sept 2019).
We feed back to suppliers where their platform or content isn't accessible (Sept 2019).
We are liaising with JISC Collections who are contacting key publishers on behalf of individual institutions to obtain Accessibility Statements. We are also working with other institutions in the Northern Collaboration group to coordinate contacting other publishers for the same information. Once Statements are available we will provide access to them from within our Database and Journal A-Z list (Feb 2020).
|Digitised readings created under the CLA licence||CLA Accessibility Policy||
Policy doesn't cover content uploaded - will be queried with CLA (Sept 2019). The CLA intend to provide guidelines for customers in providing accessible documents (Feb 2020).
We have supplied examples of our requirements to scanner suppliers to test the results in terms of accessibility as part of our procurement process for a new scanner (Feb 2020).
Electronic formats of PhD theses supplied by third party (students). Retrospective will not have considered accessibility; guidance will be provided for new submissions (Sept 2019). Information is now included in our E-theses and copyright guide (Feb 2020).
|Teach learn staff web pages (Sitecore)||Sitecore Accessibility Information||Content on main university website (Sept 2019).
Sample pages are currently being audited for accessibility and accessibility of all University website content held in Sitecore will be a key part of the website 2020 project, for which the University has a content strategy (Feb 2020).
|Library blog (Sitecore)||Sitecore Accessibility Information||
Content on main university website (Sept 2019). Accessibility of all University website content held in Sitecore will be a key part of the website 2020 project, for which the University has a content strategy (Feb 2020).
|Social media applications (Various)||Try to upload accessible content where possible but platforms are provided by commercial organisations (Sept 2019). We have identified further improvements to ensure our content and posts are as accessible as possible and training is currently being planned (Feb 2020).|
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:
We know some parts of our websites and systems are not fully accessible:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
February 2020 Update: We have identified the tools and methodologies by which we are testing our Library Website in the first instance and work has begun on a sample of pages to help us assess the volume of work involved. Lessons learned will be carried forward into the testing of other systems and websites. We continue to liaise with the University to identify centralised support for this work and collaborate with suppliers of our systems as they work on accessibility.
We have created a roadmap to improve accessibility:
This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019. It was last updated on 13 February 2020.