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Accessibility in the Library: Create, Write & Publish

Library support for persons with disabilities

Why should I make my documents accessible?

The Mansfield Library supports the creation of accessible resources, providing tools and space for creation as well as research and study. When creating content in any format please consider the ways in which you can make your product as accessible as possible to a wide audience. This guide provides some basic best practices for creating accessible materials and links to more information on where you can get more information and/or  help.

Creating Accessible Videos, Audio, Podcasts, and other media

Key considerations:

  • Provide captions and/or a transcript
  • Narrate any actions you are performing so audio descriptions are automatically built in to the finished product

Learn more about University of Montana captioning services, and their guidelines and tutorials

Learn more about University of Montana audio description services

 

 

Creating Accessible Books, Syllabi and other Documents

Key Considerations

  • Use headings to organize the structure of your content
  • Include proper alt text for images
  • Give your links unique and descriptive names
  • Use numbered/bulleted lists
  • use color with care
  • Use tables for tabular data, not for layout
  • Design forms for accessibility

Learn more about University of Montana document accessibility review and remediation services

Get Help on Campus

This is all so complicated I don't even know where to start.

Contact the Library's Accessibility Liaison, Teressa Keenan at 243-4592 to set up an appointment.

 

I've never taught online before, what do I need to know?

Contact UMOnline, they have training and instructional designers available to help you. 

 

How do I get media captioned or transcribed for use in my class?

Call Accessible Technology Services at 243-HELP (4357) or Contact Disability Services for Students at 243-2243 or do it yourself.

 

I'm faculty at UM, where do I go to get help with my Moodle site?

Check out UMOnline's Moodle Resources page or Contact UMOnline via email: umonline-help@umontana.edu or phone: (406) 243-4999

 

Where can I go to learn how to make my own documents and media accessible?

There is allot of help available right here on campus. Check out the Tutorials and Training website, explore courses via LinkedIn Learning for UM, or look for more do-it-yourself tips in the right hand column of this guide.

What about copyright?

Copyright can be a complicated and confusing topic, but it doesn't have to be scary.  For help contact Tammy Ravas or visit the UM Solutions center to find out more about campus wide captioning  services and how copyright policies may affect captioning and media conversion.