Amy E. Smith


The purpose of this study is to analyze and compare Alabama’s academic library Web sites to determine how accessible they are for persons with disabilities and what kind of useful links such as tutorials and Web 2.0 applications can be found on the home pages. The importance of this study is to determine the accessibility and readability of academic library Web site home pages based off of the current WCAG 2.0 guidelines, as well as the availability of Web 2.0 tools and tutorials on library home pages. By studying the results of the Web site accessibility software, college and university libraries will be able to better accommodate and serve all students. Looking at the results for the Web 2.0 tools and tutorials will give an overall idea of the advancements and changes academic library Web sites are making to bring more information, in a variety of ways to their students.