Accessibility Lead

at University of Michigan Library (view profile)
Published January 24, 2024
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements ALA accredited MLIS degree, or another relevant advanced degree and related experience
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 64,000.00
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $80,000.00
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @UMichLibrary


The Library is committed to creating inclusive and accessible environments, services, and products by providing equitable experience for all individuals through responding to user feedback, supporting accommodations, and promoting accessibility standards.

The University of Michigan Library is looking for a creative and service-oriented Accessibility Lead to inspire commitment and action, build broad-based involvement, and accelerate library connections and capacities in our Accessibility services.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning and Teaching, you will lead the Library's accessibility program, adapting and evolving that program's strategy to meet the latest needs of scholars and learners, and advancing a culture of inclusion for individuals who have disabilities and face barriers to access. You will focus on maximizing the impact of the library and empowering learners at all levels by building sustainable, ethical, and mutually transformative relationships between people, collections, methods, and knowledge. In partnership, you will develop programs to meet service needs and lead the implementation of strategies for accessibility across the library. You will oversee professional employees, advocate for resources, and manage program budgets.


  • Collaboratively lead on library strategies for and engagement with accessibility in the fields of learning and teaching, digital media, information technologies, collections, publishing, discovery and access, library spaces, and research.
  • Lead the Library's engagement with the new Standard Practice Guide on electronic and information technology accessibility.
  • Manage the Accessibility Services Librarian for the Accessibility Remediation Program.
  • Partner to identify and address accessibility-related issues (e.g., leading programs to increase accessible development, selection and procurement) in products used for library services, and advocate or negotiate for more accessible products and services in collaboration with library and campus colleagues.
  • Serve on accessibility committees and teams (e.g., Digital Accessibility Team).
  • Partner with campus collaborators (e.g., Services for Students with Disabilities Office, Information and Technology Services, and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts).
  • Contribute to research, presentations, consortia activities, and represent the University of Michigan in national and international conversations about accessibility and libraries, including the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA accredited MLS degree, or another relevant advanced degree and related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience integrating learning technologies with curriculum for more engaging teaching, research and learning experience.
  • Experience with current accessibility laws (e.g., Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act) and standards (e.g., W3C WCAG 2.0).
  • Experience with assistive technology such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and Window Eyes, and accessibility features in Windows and Mac; familiarity with commercial web accessibility evaluation and reporting tools.
  • At least a year of mentoring a team of professionals, specialists and student consultants.
  • Experience with developing and/or implementing diverse, equity and inclusive programs and practices