Leveraging Library Consortia to Improve Vendor E-Resource Accessibility in the Big Ten Academic Alliance

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Presented at 2:15pm in Waverly on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Heidi Schroeder, Libraries Accessibility Coordinator, Michigan State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


This presentation will describe how libraries in the Big Ten Academic Alliance have used their collective influence and resources to engage with vendors to improve library electronic resource accessibility and to share accessibility information with the broader library community.


Due to a growing concern about the inaccessibility of many library electronic resources (e-resources), the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries formed an E-Resource Accessibility Group to use their collective influence and resources to assess the accessibility of major e-resources, influence vendors, and ultimately advance the field of electronic resource accessibility by sharing information. This presentation will describe the group’s background, formation, charge and current activities; what strategies and resources it offers; how libraries, universities, and users can benefit from the group’s activities; vendor engagement on accessibility; and the group’s future plans.


  1. How Big Ten Libraries are using their collective influence and resources to improve e-resource accessibility.
  2. Discuss group’s background/charge, current activities/strategies, resources, information sharing.
  3. Discuss group’s strategies for and engagement with vendors.

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Speaker Bio(s)

Heidi Schroeder

Heidi M. Schroeder, MLIS, is the Accessibility Coordinator at the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries in East Lansing, Michigan. She was instrumental in the creation and charge of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Library E-Resource Accessibility Group and currently serves as its Chair. At the MSU Libraries, Heidi currently coordinates and oversees all library accessibility initiatives. She has presented numerous times on accessibility in libraries and recently co-authored a book chapter on accessibility and usability in health sciences collections. She received her MLIS from Wayne State University and her BA from the University of Michigan.


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