[Athen] Accessibility of Various Library eText Platforms?

Kara Zirkle kzirkle1 at gmu.edu
Tue Mar 19 06:34:56 PDT 2013

Hello all,

We are currently in the same boat. We just met with the library and
began review of the major vendors and now have a listing of all A-Z
databases. We are looking at close 800 databases and almost 200
vendors. I've only begun searching for information on accessibility and
requesting VPATs from vendors. I figure that is a start to see how
quickly I receive something back to tell me where I need to start
reviewing. This is a complete mess since it involves major companies,
small mom and pop places and even government and universities databases.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas I'm open!

Kara Zirkle
IT Accessibility Coordinator
Assistive Technology Initiative
Aquia Building, RM 238
Mail Stop: 6A11
Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-9815
Main Office Phone: 703-993-4329
Fax: 703-993-4743

On 3/19/2013 9:24 AM, Al Puzzuoli wrote:


> Our Library currently receives eTexts via a number of providers. It

> seems like every company under the sun has its own platform, and this

> decentralization is really a concern. Testing for, and insuring the

> accessibility of each is akin to hearding cats. We are assisting the

> library in evaluating the accessibility of several major platforms:

> Ebrary, Springer, Wiley, Elsevier and Ebsco. I'm curious as to whether

> others have already looked at any of these and what your findings

> were if so?


> Thanks very much for any input,


> Al Puzzuoli


> Michigan State University


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