Web Accessibility Statement

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is committed to achieving meaningful accessibility to this online environment for all users, including users with disabilities. We follow specific Commonwealth enterprise standards designed to meet the needs of our citizens with disabilities. The Commonwealth enterprise standards are generally based on standards used by the Federal government for technology accessibility for people with disabilities, and web content accessibility guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information about the Federal standards, please visit the Section 508 Web site (http://www.section508.gov) or the Federal Access Board Web site (http://www.access-board.gov). For more information about the W3C guidelines, please visit their Web site (http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT).

The Board checks new content for accessibility as it is added, and is working toward bringing older material into compliance. Regular testing of Web site content, using leading web accessibility technologies and review by users will be implemented during FY 2006.

About Portable Document Format (PDF)

Some documents on this Web site are produced in Portable Document Format (PDF). Efforts are made to ensure that all files are produced using the latest version of Acrobat (file conversion software for PDFs), which is the most accessible technology currently available for these types of files. In order to improve viewing of these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader™ which is available for free at the Adobe Web site (http://www.adobe.com).

However, recognizing that even this version does not always work for all users, alternative accessible formats are provided wherever possible, most commonly through a text or an HTML file.

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint formats

Some documents on this Web site are produced in Microsoft Office formats, such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In most cases, these files have been made available in these formats so that they can be downloaded and used, filled out, or otherwise manipulated by the end user on his or her own computer. They are not intended for display on the web browser.

Web-based Applications

The Web site has a number of dynamic applications, that present specific content based on form input from the user. The statewide library directory is an example of this sort of application. The Board recognizes that though the interface is functional for users, certain buttons and layout are not optimized for use by some populations, and by browsers with no javascript enabled. The Board is committed to re-engineer these applications to make them fully accessible as soon as possible.

Contact Information

If any file format prevents you from accessing the information, please contact us for assistance. In order to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please note the nature of your accessibility concern, the format in which you prefer to receive the material, the web page address of the requested material, and the best way to contact you.

Questions not related to technical accessibility should be sent to answers@mblc.state.ma.us. You may also submit questions or comments via our contact form.

For More Information

Paul Kissman, Library Information Systems Specialist
617-725-1860 x238
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x238


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