Accessibility Statement for systems and websites managed by Libraries and Learning Innovation (LLI) at Leeds Beckett University
LLI uses a number of third party 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, function 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 Accessibility Statement||
We have manually audited a sample of our Library website pages and are working on a small number of areas of non-compliance. We are continuing to evaluate some of the associated functions and will review these are they are used for new service developments such as Click and Collect.
We have created comprehensive guidelines for creating accessible content as this is provided by a wide range of LLI staff.
A Springshare Accessibility Statement was originally produced in-house for the Library website and associated functions in June 2020.
|MyBeckett (Blackboard)||Accessibility in Blackboard Learn||
Blackboard Ally is now available to enable academic staff to check the accessibility of the material they upload to our Virtual Learning Environment and for students to convert material into accessible format.
Training has been made available to University staff in the use of Ally and to support them in creating accessible content. Online support is also available for students including a Blackboard Ally FAQ.
|Skills for Learning (Springshare)||Skills for Learning accessibility statement||
The Skills for Learning website uses the Springshare platform used by the Library website but has been customised so a separate audit has been carried out.
An in-house statement was produced to coincide with the launch of the website in September 2020.
|Reading Lists (Talis Aspire)||Talis Web Accessibility Statement||
Talis Aspire provide our reading list system and each reading list has a link to the supplier's statement from within the system toolbar.
We create alternative format reading lists to ensure they are accessible to all students. 65 students were registered and 228 reading lists shared during the 2019/20 academic year. If we are unable to obtain an accessible format of an item which is required by a student we digitise it on request and produce an OCRed searchable PDF.
|Discover (Ebsco)||Discover is the Library's academic search engine, searching over 90% of resources available including books from the Library Catalogue and most electronic journals and databases.|
|Catalogue (Sirsi Dynix)||Library Catalogue Accessibility Statement||
We created an in-house Accessibility Statement for the Library Catalogue in June 2020 as we have been unable to obtain one from the supplier.
LLI will be introducing a new Library Management System and Catalogue which includes adherence to WCAG in 2021.
|PebblePad (PebblePad)||PebblePad Accessibility Overview||PebblePad is a portfolio system with content mainly uploaded by students.|
|Turnitin (Turnitn)||Turnitin Commitment to Accessibility||
Turnitin is a web-based text matching system used by many universities worldwide. Tutors will usually ask students to submit work via Turnitin submission areas in MyBeckett. Turnitin helps with the development of academic writing and referencing skills.
Information about accessing a text-only version of Turnitin Similarity Reports and some of the current known limitations were been added to our student FAQS in June 2020.
|Repository (Eprints)||Eprints Accessibility Statement||The Leeds Beckett Repository provides open access to research outputs at the University, as required by funders and permitted by publishers and copyright law. It manages the full text (Word/PDF) files uploaded from Symplectic and is the external, online collection of Leeds Beckett research outputs.|
|Research Information System (Symplectic)||
Symplectic Elements is a research management system that collects research activity in one place. It is an internal database of research records and is used to generate the list of publications that appears on online staff profiles and to provide reports on research activity across the University.
The supplier has provided an example Symplectic accessibility statement which is hosted on their support site. Anyone with a leedsbeckett.ac.uk email address may register themselves with the Symplectic support site in order to access this. There is also additional Symplectic accessibility information on their support site (Sept 2020).
|Ebook Collections - various suppliers||eBook Collections - links to Accessibility information||
LLI was a lead partner on the ebook accessibility project and continues to work closely with suppliers ensuring that the ebooks were purchase are accessible.
|Ejournal Collections - various suppliers||
LLI uses preferred licensing guidelines when purchasing and renewing electronic resources which includes key accessibility measures.
We have liaised with JISC Collections, other institutions and suppliers to obtain statements from individual publishers and by September 2020 had accessibility statements for 97% of the electronic resources we subscribe to.
These are linked to under the relevant entry via our Journals A-Z and Databases A-Z lists. We are continuing to liaise with the remaining suppliers and will add their statements as they become available.
|Digitised readings created under the CLA licence||CLA Accessibility Policy||
Digitised reading created by LLI's Digitisation service under the CLA licence are added to online reading lists and to MyBeckett. The files created are OCRed searchable PDFs.
Electronic formats of PhD theses supplied by third party (students). Information on accessibility is included in our E-theses and copyright guide.
|Teach learn staff web pages (Sitecore)||Sitecore Accessibility Information||
The TeachLearn pages for staff are held on the University's content management system, Sitecore.
|Library blog (Sitecore)||Sitecore Accessibility Information||
The Library blog is held on the University's content management system, Sitecore.
|Social media applications (Various)||
Although we are aware that social media platforms are out of scope we upload accessible content where possible and train our staff on accessibility.
|Archive and Special Collections web pages||Springshare Accessibility Statement||
These pages are created within the same content management system as our Library website but have a customised template.
This is being updated for autumn 2020 and an individual Accessibility Statement may be provided at the same time.
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.
We know some parts of the websites and systems we use are not fully accessible - details are provided in the individual Accessibility Statements.
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 email email@example.com. We'll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.
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 Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
You can find out all the ways you can get in touch with us on the Library website Contact Us page.
Leeds Beckett University is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
The websites and systems used by LLI are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
Please note these are a sample of non-compliances; individual Statements will provide more information.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Some of the ways in which our websites and systems are not yet compliant with the Regulations are:
We link to external pages and other Leeds Beckett University pages which may not be accessible.
We created a roadmap towards compliance in September 2019:
This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.
Note: This statement replaces the Statement prepared on 20 September 2019 which was in the previous version of the template published by Government Digital Services.