This book is written primarily for student employees at the University of Washington Libraries, including Bothell and Tacoma, though some of the content is much more generally applicable. Not every chapter will be relevant to every student employee. This book is laid out so that you are able to skip chapters which are not relevant to your current work or situation. However, we welcome you to read through the entire book if you have an interest in working accessibility into more areas of your life.

This book contains the following chapters:

  1. Overview of Accessibility: This section is an introduction to what accessibility means, and the importance of integrating accessible practices into your workflow.
  2. Everyday Digital Accessibility: This section is helpful for anyone that uses digital mediums to communicate with others, whether that be over email, adding content to websites, or using Microsoft Office or Google Drive.
  3. Accessibility Topics for Public Service Points: This section covers some of the most common situations or questions that may arise for student staff members at public service points.
  4. Accessibility Tools in the UW Libraries: This section covers what resources are actually available within the Libraries for people to use as accommodations.
  5. Video Captioning: This section covers how to add captions to recorded videos, as well as some tips for captioning live events.
  6. Additional Resources: This appendix links out to more resources which you can use to learn more about these topics, as well as a few others!

Recommendations for specific chapters you might want to review.

  • In the current digital environment, we strongly recommend everyone reads chapter 2.
  • If you work with library users at public service points, we recommend reviewing chapters 2 and 3.
  • If you work with library users primarily with digital mediums (or you create digital content for users), we recommend reviewing chapters 2, 4, and 5.
  • If you do not work directly with library users, we recommend reviewing chapters 2 and 4.

To access the different sections (introduction, chapters and the appendix) of this book and for easy navigation, please click on the down arrow next to the “Contents” tab in the top-left of the Pressbooks interface. You can also navigate between chapters using the bar at the bottom of the page.

UW Libraries is committed to providing equal access to library collections, services, and facilities for all library users. This book is developed as part of the Accessibility Quicktips workshop series hosted by the UW Libraries Accessibility Working Group (AWG). Questions related to this resource can be directed to


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