Accessibility Statement – Colorado Book Club Resource Online Catalog

Accessibility Statement

The Colorado State Library follows Web Accessibility Guidelines developed by the Governor’s Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT). We are committed to making this site accessible to all users. If you have any suggestions for improving the accessibility of this resource, please contact us.

Conformance status

The AspenCat Online Integrated Library Service is a product of the Colorado Library Consortium using the KOHA opensource software developed and maintained by Bywater Solutions. Bywater Solutions uses Aspen Discovery as its discovery layer for patron interaction.

According to Bywater Solutions, Aspen Discovery’s goal is to comply with level 2.1 AA standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). While accessibility guidelines are meant to ensure equal access to online content, these standards actually benefit all users regardless of ability. Here are some of the ways Aspen Discovery has included accessibility in its design and features.

  • Aspen has accessibility baked into much of its code, meaning with the default settings users are simply unable to make choices that could impact accessibility.
  • Aspen uses ARIA attribute tags in its HTML code. ARIA stands for Accessible Rich Internet Applications, and the tags are used to help bridge the gap between standard HTML and browsers, AT (Assistive Technology – screen readers, magnifiers, text-to-speech, etc.), JavaScript toolkits, and other applications.
  • Bywater Solutions developers are also part of groups such as International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and the User Experience Professional Association (UXPA) to stay up-to-date about trends in accessibility.
  • Aspen Discovery is currently compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA.
  • Aspen Discovery is releasing new features on a regular basis, and should a feature be found not to be in compliance, Aspen Discovery will consider a fix to be a critical issue to resolve.


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Colorado Book Club Resource Online Catalog. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on this site. Although we do not control the technology supporting the catalog, we will work with the Colorado Library Consortium to ensure that issues reported are given the appropriate consideration. If you are not able to use the service to your satisfaction, or are not able to find what you are looking for, please let us know and we will do our best to provide you with the information or service you need.

  • Phone: 303-866-6900
  • E-mail:
  • Postal Address: 201 East Colfax Ave, Room 309, Denver, CO 80203
  • Or you can reach us via this site’s contact form []

We try to respond to feedback within 2 business days via email; responses may take longer via post. We will do our best to address any accessibility issues brought to our attention, and if we cannot fix the issue we will do our best to provide a more accessible alternative.


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