We are committed to providing equitable access to library resources and services, mindful of accessibility standards, user feedback, and support and accommodations for persons with disabilities. We advocate for equitable experiences in light of universal design to make the Gottesman Libraries more welcoming, accessible, and usable for all members and affiliates.
- Collections and Cataloging Systems
We request a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) from all database vendors before purchasing new resources and aim to acquire and resources that are WCAG 2.1 AA compliant; compliancy includes options to access or download HTML format, text-to-speech, and audio file.
We review accessibility information on all electronic resources and provide it as needed for our discovery layer, catalog, databases, archive, and other research and information tools.
We honor requests for the purchase of closed-captioned videos, audiobooks, large-print, and other formats, working to provide accessible copies of materials.
We provide e-books and e-book chapters to leverage enhanced accessibility features available with e-books.
- Website and Software Development
We incorporate best practices and guidelines for accessibility into digital design and development, aiming to meet WCAG 2.1 AA standards.
Russell Hall meets most requirements for wheelchair access, with an accessible entrance, elevator access to all floors with tactile signals, fountains, restrooms, individual and group seating; and technology, including RFID printers, scanners (including OCR for PDFs and docs), computers, and monitors.
We assist in retrieving and delivering items from the Stacks.
We coordinate with OASID (Office of Access and Services to Individuals with Disabilities) in providing small amounts of scanned material for personal use in acceptable formats (doc, txt, rtf). We provide OCR’d PDF’s for use with screen reader software.
Library events are free and open to members and affiliated members of Teachers College. On all promotional pieces, we direct requests for disability-related accommodations to be submitted as early as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 678-3689, or (646) 755-3144 video phone.
- Reference and Instruction
Reference and instructional services are available in person, by phone, chat, and e-mail (Ask a Librarian).
We provide closed captioning for online research consultations and instructional offerings delivered via video and audio conferencing; we coordinate with OASID which advises in advance on requests for accommodations prior to delivery, onsite or online, of research consultations, library workshops, or library information sessions.
We are developing instructional materials that highlight accessibility information in e-books, journal platforms, and other electronic resources.
We encourage the use of assistive technology equipment and/or labs maintained by TC’s Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID).
- We comply with recommended College guidelines on accommodations, including the use of service animals and technology.
- We represent the library on the Teachers College Barrier Removal Committee; subcommittee for Campus Climate and Diversity; and other working groups, as needed.