Adding Accessibility Metadata to Your Titles


If you’ve been working hard to make your books accessible, you probably want to know how best to reflect that in your metadata. As you should! Adding accessibility features in your book will help it become more discoverable within the disabled community and beyond.

This article will go over how to add accessibility metadata using the Core Source user interface. Unfortunately, the metadata spreadsheet is not configured to accept this kind of metadata, and likely won’t be any time soon. Your options are to use your ONIX provider, or do it by hand for each title as per the instructions below. If you are using an ONIX provider, your contact should have fields for this already, but we suggest reaching out to them in order to confirm the best practices.

Here are some basic instructions for adding accessibility metadata in the CS UI:

  1. Log into CoreSource 
  2. In the search bar at the top of the page, search for the title you want to add the features to

    3. Click into the Title Group by double clicking on the cover of the book

    4. Click on ‘Assets’

    5. Click on an individual asset ISBN to open the asset specific information

    6. Make sure you are under Basic Information (it’s the first tab on the left, and it should open into this one automatically)

    7. Click Edit in the top right corner

    8. Scroll down to the section where it says ‘Product Form Features.’ Should be at the bottom of the page

    9. Under ‘Type’ choose 09 – E-publication Accessibility Detail. 

    10. Under ‘Value’ choose any of the features that have been added to your title. If your work was converted by eBOUND, please contact the conversion partner you worked with directly for a list.

    11. The common ones to include are listed below. You can add all of these if your titles were converted through eBOUND. 

    00 – Accessibility summary (this is the only open field and you should copy in the full summary that is listed in ACE)
    03 – Accessibility specification 1.0 AA
    11 – Table of contents navigation
    13 – Reading order
    15 – Full alternative descriptions
    19 – Print equivalent page numbering
    22 – Language tagging provided
    26 – Use of contrast
    29 – Next previous navigation

    12. Click ‘add’ to create a new row for each feature by clicking ‘Add’ and filling out the ‘type’ again.

    13. Be sure to hit save in the top right (same place you clicked on edit) when you’re done
    14. Please note that you’ll have to do this for each of your asset types

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