To echo a lot of comments on this thread, housing the position depends a lot on who they will be serving and what duties they will be doing. 

I will comment specifically on housing that position in the library. I'd avoid that in that the library on its own will incur PLENTY of accessibility work for that person. As my job title indicates, library accessibility is one of my hats and I rarely get to take it off. Between evaluations of content providers, monitoring our own sites' accessibility, training of staff to produce accessible content, etc., I'm doing tons of priority triage on what I can do in the library. As such, I have to often turn down requests from outside the libraries and defer them to the accessibility people in our central IT services. 

Katherine Deibel | PhD
Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian
Syracuse University Libraries 
T 315.443.7178
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222 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244
Syracuse University


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From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Shirley Canaan
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2018 8:45 PM
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Subject: [ITACCESS] Digital Accessibility Specialist

We’re in the process of establishing a new Digital Accessibility Specialist position, and we’re having discussions about which department and to whom it should report to.  Should it be in Special Learning Services Office, Library, or IT?  Where do you have that position in your organization, and are there any challenges or disadvantages to having it in a particular area?

Thank you in advance,
Shirley Canaan
Sacred Heart University

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