Accessibility Analysis of Digital Libraries and Specialized Library Resources




digital library, digital library website, digital library for persons with disabilities, website accessibility, web accessibility, web accessibility for people with disabilities, web content accessibility guidelines, WCAG 2.1


Objective. The article focuses on the current state of library web content accessibility. Methods. 56 library websites of different countries (27 digital libraries and 29 specialized library resources for people with disabilities) have been successfully tested for the compliance with the WCAG 2.1 standards using the service. Using the service the comparative analysis of the websites traffic ranking has been additionally conducted. Results. It has been established that only 3 websites out of 56 meet the accessibility standards of WCAG 2.1 with the compliance score of 92%. Conclusions. It has been concluded that the libraries' current practices of providing web content accessibility are insufficient. The emphasis has been placed on the need to optimize and promote specialized library resources and to implement a continuous audit of web content accessibility by means of automatic testing and engaging users with disabilities into these processes.

Author Biographies

N. S. TIURKEDZHY, Kharkiv State Academy of Culture (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Natalia Tiurkedzhy,
graduate student

I. O. DAVYDOVA, Kharkiv State Academy of Culture (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Iryna Davydova,
Head of Department of Information, Library and Archive Studies,
Doctor of Science in Social Communications, Professor

O. YU. MARINA, Kharkiv State Academy of Culture (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Olena Marina,
Doctor of Science in Social Communications, Associate Professor

S. O. MARIN, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Serhii Marin,
PhD (Technical Sciences), Associate Professor


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How to Cite

TIURKEDZHY, N. S., DAVYDOVA, I. O., MARINA, O. Y., & MARIN, S. O. (2022). Accessibility Analysis of Digital Libraries and Specialized Library Resources. University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development. Conference Proceedings, (7), 218–231.