[Athen] Open access resources

Heather P. Westerlund heather.westerlund at mail.waldenu.edu
Thu Feb 9 07:27:36 PST 2017

Question about open access resources-- If your institution has a policy that all 3rd party commercial vendors must meet a certain level of web accessibility, how do you (or don't you) apply this to non-commercial, freely available open access (OA) resources?

For example, in our library, we include many OA resources in our list of databases (e.g. Project Gutenberg<http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page>) and we do recommend them when appropriate. Some of these freely available resources likely don't meet a certain level of accessibility (and don't have accessibility statements or VPATs). Most of these resources are not required for course work.

Heather Westerlund
IT Manager, Library Services
Walden University Library<http://library.waldenu.edu/>

612.312.1270 | heather.westerlund at waldenu.edu<mailto:heather.westerlund at waldenu.edu>
100 Washington Ave S, Ste 900 | Minneapolis, MN 55401

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