Ebsco Accessibility Interest Group

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

User Scenarios

Illustrating accessibility problems with Ebsco resources

In the following video clips we tried to illustrate some of the accessibility issues with Ebsco Database, the most popular library resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and many other educational institutions. Note that Ebsco is only one of the providers for libraries. We have looked into many other on-line providors for libraries and so far we couldn't identify any well-accessible one. So Ebsco is just an example.
Note also that some of the problems reported in this video clips might not be relevant anymore because these clips have been generated at different time and Ebsco might have already addressed those issues. On the other hand, it is possible that the new changes to the interface are causing new accessibility problems that we are not addressing in these clips.

Ebsco resources after integrating accessibility in the new design

We are proud to report that the accessibility of Ebsco resources has significantly has improved in the new interface. The new interface will go to production on July 16 2007 and all educational institutions will be able to benefit and from these improvement. There are still problems that needs to be addressed and we are currently working with our Ebsco colleagues to resolve them. We hope that all pending issues can be addressed by release due date.

Christie Gilson who helped us originally to record some of the accessibility issues, has tested the new interface and illustrated how much the new accessibility improvements eased her ability to conduct her research. We are very pleased with these improvements and congratulate our Ebsco colleagues to achieve this level of accessibility. I would like also to thank every member of this group for their time and effort working collaboratively on this project. We are not done and we still need to work on the remaining issues.