Web accessibility is not easy. Sure, the fundamentals are simple enough, but most developers aren’t taught accessibility in school and it’s something that is often taken for granted. As user interactions in web applications become more complex, accessibility is often not considered until someone complains. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
An integral part of the public library experience is walking into a branch and being greeted by a bookshelf filled with staff reading recommendations. Here at BiblioCommons, we try to emulate that same experience digitally by giving library staff and patrons the tools they need to create, share, and discover lists of hand-curated book recommendations. With that digital experience in mind, the BiblioCommons Core Features team undertook the task of rebuilding our list creation tools from scratch.
If you’ve got a card at one of our many participating libraries, you’re likely familiar with the BiblioCommons online platform. At BiblioCommons, we build products that help public libraries extend their communities from inspiring physical spaces to equally beautiful and welcoming digital spaces. We call these interconnected, online communities “The Commons”.