The Leeward Community College Library is committed to making its services accessible to all users, including those with sensory or mobility disabilities. We strive to make sure our website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA criteria.
For some features of the website, we have created alternative versions that may be easier for users of assistive technology or keyboard navigation to use. These include the blue website navigation bar with the extensive sub-menus that appears on many pages, and the slideshow display on the library homepage. Inconspicuous links near each feature are provided to access the alternate versions.
The informational content of infographics are presented as text in web pages that accompany the graphics. A link to the alternative text page is located right below each infographic image.
Some pages in our website have "widgets" in them – search boxes, displays of information from outside sources, and other controls that let you interact with our research databases and online tools. These are provided to us by the database or service vendors. We address accessibility issues with these widgets to the extent that we can, but because they are often generated by the vendor's system and inserted into our pages, there are some issues we can't fix. Typically, these issues involve the labeling of form elements.
We are committed to providing closed captioning and/or transcriptions for any video we create and post. Some of our instructional material include video content produced and posted by others; we are still exploring our options for dealing with that content.
We are reviewing PDF files of worksheets and handouts posted on our website. PDFs of library policy documents have been made accessible.
We sometimes use Google Forms to collect information. Accessibility checking systems often report errors on pages generated by Google applications. We have no control over the page coding that triggers these notifications. Prior to 2018, results of the library's annual user survey were presented as inaccessible PDFs generated by Google applications from the Forms data; please contact us if you need those results in an accessible format. As of 2018, the survey results are manually reformatted into a web page that visibly resembles the prior years' reports, but are accessible to users of adaptive technology as well as to those with color vision deficiency.
We are committed to using proper diacritical marks in Hawaiian words and names. However, the ʻokina (glottal stop) may cause pronunciation errors with screen reader programs. We are following the university's recommendation for addressing this problem using the aria-label attribute, but this technique does not work with all screen readers.
Web pages in the library website have URLs beginning with "guides.leeward.hawaii.edu" or "www.leeward.hawaii.edu/library". We have no control over the accessibility of the research databases, online collections, and other tools and resources we link to from our website, even if such sites may be branded with the library name.
Many library staff members are involved in the creation and upkeep of content on the library website. Staff are trained to be aware of accessibility issues and techniques, but may miss something now and then. If you find inaccessible content on our website, please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 455-0379.
Listed here are links to the accessibility statements of the companies that produce the online research databases and publications we subscribe to and make available through our website.
This list is provided to assist faculty in meeting Standard 8.6 of the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, which applies to some online courses.
Our Making Online Content Accessible guide has more information about the principles of electronic document accessibiltiy, links to useful information, and tips for making Word documents, Google Docs, PDF files, and web pages accessible.