Answered By: Kira Appel
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2020     Views: 44

Here is some information to help you get started: 

  • Regarding copyright issues, refer to the Shift Course to Online Teaching tab on the Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources guide. 
  • Submit materials via Course Reserves

    • Please note, there is no access to physical materials or the scanning of physical materials held by the Libraries as all locations are closed (to staff, too). Only electronic or streaming materials may be acquired at this time. 

    • For new requests for film, please include a note saying they need closed captioning.

    • PDFs should at least be scanned at 300 ppi resolution and greyscale (for black and white) in order to guarantee better OCR results. If documents require color, then these docs should be scanned as RGB documents.

  • Check out our FAQ on video captioning. 

  • Ensure the accessibility of non-HTML content:

If you cannot make it accessible, consider using HTML instead or, at the very least, provide an accessible alternative. PDF documents should also include a series of tags to make it more accessible. A tagged PDF file looks the same, but it is almost always more accessible to a person using a screen reader. (WebAIM)

  • Student Disability Services ( can help source accessible materials directly from publishers. 

  • Check out the Accessibility page of Distributed Education's "Remote Teaching and Learning" site. 

  • Recommend installing the accessibility toolbar, Read&Write for Google Chrome

Questions? Please Ask Us (

("Principles of Accessible Design." WebAIM, Utah State University, 2020,