Tech Tools in Pandemic-Transformed Information Literacy Instruction Journal Article uri icon



  • Inspired by pandemic-transformed instruction, this paper examines the digital accessibility of five tech tools used in information literacy sessions, specifically for students who use assistive technologies such as screen readers. The tools are Kahoot!, Mentimeter, Padlet, Jamboard, and Poll Everywhere. First, we provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and digital accessibility definitions, descriptions of screen reading assistive technology, and the current use of tech tools in information literacy instruction for student engagement. Second, we examine accessibility testing assessments of the five tech tools selected for this paper. Our data show that the tools had severe, significant, and minor levels of digital accessibility problems, and while there were some shared issues, most problems were unique to the individual tools. We explore the implications of tech tools’ unique environments as well as the importance of best practices and shared vocabularies. We also argue that digital accessibility benefits all users. Finally, we provide recommendations for teaching librarians to collaborate with campus offices to assess and advance the use of accessible tech tools in information literacy instruction, thereby enhancing an equitable learning environment for all students.

publication date

  • December 19, 2022

has restriction

  • gold

Date in CU Experts

  • December 20, 2022 7:42 AM

Full Author List

  • Rybin Koob A; Ibacache Oliva KS; Williamson M; Lamont-Manfre M; Hugen A; Dickerson A

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-9295

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2163-5226

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