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Test Blog ARIA

(Heading 2)

Jaguar (Heading 3)

Tiger (Heading 3)

Small Cats (Heading 2)

Persian Cat (Heading 3)

Siamese Cat (Heading 3)

  • Add new headings as needed to match the topics and subtopics of your document.
  • Don’t skip down past heading levels. For example, a Heading 3 shouldn’t exist unless it’s under a Heading 2 section.
  • For webpages, there should only be a single Heading 1, used for the page title.


Avoid linking entire sentences or long phrases. Also, avoid meaningless labels on links such as “click here” or “read more”. It is best to use the title of the destination as the linked text. Some screen readers allow users to scan just the links on a page, so the link text should still make sense out of context.


Users that rely on screen readers need additional information that describes all images & photos. This description is called Alt Text.

Alt Text Tips

  • The Alt Text should be brief, but also still explain in words the same information that is communicated by the image. Describe the purpose and function of the image, not just describe its appearance.
  • Don’t begin with “Photo of…”
    BEFORE: “Photo of College mascot”
    AFTER: “College mascot”
  • Avoid having redundant Alt Text that matches nearby text
  • NOT be redundant or provide the same information as text within the context of the image. Example, portrait painting with the subject’s name beneath the image. Usinging alt=” ” would suffice.

George Washington

George Washington

(Alt text=”George Washington”)

example image
George Washington

In this case, both the content and function of the link and image are presented within the link, so the image can be given alt="" to avoid any redundancy.

When possible, avoid using “link to…” or “click this image to…” or similar wording in the alt attribute. Links are identified as links by screen readers and should be visually apparent to sighted users.


Decorative Images

Images that don’t provide information to the reader are considered decorative. A description is not required for these items. Examples may include lines, shapes, textures, or stock photos if they don’t contribute to the topic and don’t give the reader any information.

Content text here.

example image

Footer text here.

Sample Table with Table Headers (this is the caption)
Name Favorite Color Favorite Number
Alice Green 7
Bob Blue 42

Tips for Tables

  • Keep the table layout simple; avoid merging cells
  • Always designate the Table Headers
  • Describe or label the table in the surrounding text. (Optionally include Alt Text for Word tables or a <caption> for web tables)


<label for=”name”>Name:</label>
<input id=”name” type=”text” name=”textfield”>


Select your pizza toppings:

<legend>Select your pizza toppings:</legend>
<input id=”ham” type=”checkbox” name=”toppings” value=”ham”>
<label for=”ham”>Ham</label><br>
<input id=”pepperoni” type=”checkbox” name=”toppings” value=”pepperoni”>
<label for=”pepperoni”>Pepperoni</label><br>
<input id=”mushrooms” type=”checkbox” name=”toppings” value=”mushrooms”>
<label for=”mushrooms”>Mushrooms</label><br>
<input id=”olives” type=”checkbox” name=”toppings” value=”olives”>
<label for=”olives”>Olives</label>


Choose a shipping method:


<legend>Choose a shipping method:</legend>
<input id=”overnight” type=”radio” name=”shipping” value=”overnight”>
<label for=”overnight”>Overnight</label><br>
<input id=”twoday” type=”radio” name=”shipping” value=”twoday”>
<label for=”twoday”>Two day</label><br>
<input id=”ground” type=”radio” name=”shipping” value=”ground”>
<label for=”ground”>Ground</label>




With aria-labelledby, the form field indicates which element labels it by referencing its id attribute:

<input aria-labelledby=”fnamelabel”> 

The form control declares, “I am a control labeled by this element”.


There are times when a form includes information that isn’t exactly a label but is important enough to be read by a screen reader when navigating to the form control. This additional information can be associated to the form field with the aria-describedby attribute. For example:

New password must be 8-15 characters and include letters and numbers

<label for=”resetpass”>Reset Password:</label>
<input type=”password” name=”resetpass” id=”resetpass” aria-describedby=”newpass”
<span id=”newpass”>New password must be 8-15 characters and include letters and numbers</span>

Because there is a single label, <label> is used rather than aria-labelledby. As with aria-labelledby, the aria-describedby attribute points to the id of the element that contains the password requirements.

Invisible Labels

There are times when a text label for a form control does not make sense visually. The most common example is the “Search” field. Its location within the page, in conjunction with the Search button, makes its purpose clear to sighted users. Adding a visual text label would be overkill and could negatively impact the site design.


Hidden <label>

Hide the <label> element off-screen using CSS. The label will not appear visually, but will still be read by a screen reader.

<label class=”hidden” for=”s”>Search Terms</label>
<input type=”text” id=”s” name=”s”> 

The CSS that is used to hide the label

title attribute

If a form field has a title attribute, but no <label>, the screen reader will read the title as if it were a label.

<input id=”s” type=”text” name=”s” title=”Search Terms”>


Use a hidden <label> or title or aria-label when a visible text label is not available.




Explore EBSCO’s LearningExpress Library

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Need to prepare for an occupational board exam including NCLEX or TExES? Check out the practice exams in the LearningExpress Library database. New Users must create an account for the site in order to save their work, store score reports, and revisit any practice tests, tutorials, or eBooks. Registration only requires a valid email address and a password. This database also offers many other practice tests — explore!

How can you use LearningExpress?

  • Easy to follow video tutorials
  • Practice tests are based on real exams
  • Responsive design for use on desktop computers and mobile devices
  • Take practice exams either at your own pace or timed
  • Unlimited downloads for eBook content
  • Exams are accessible to all users, regardless of disability status.

You can access Learning Express from this blog post or from our Databases page.
Contributed by Librarian, Maureen Mitchell

Life As Crossing Borders


Join us for this unique two-part event with acclaimed writer and instructor Sergio Troncoso.

The Office of Professional and Organizational Development presents “Turning Life into Literature” and “Life As Crossing Borders” on Monday, April 29th, in the Pecan Library Rainbow Room

“Turning Life into Literature” will be from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.
“Life As Crossing Borders” will be from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

“Turning Life into Literature” open to Faculty and Staff
This first session will focus on how to empower students to write stories and essays about their lives. Through personal experiences, Mr. Troncoso will trace his journey beginning with his early life in El Paso, the wide-range of challenges he encountered along the way and how he overcame them to become an acclaimed writer of fiction and non-fiction. In addition, Mr. Troncoso will share a practical six-part exercise that he has developed and implements in writing workshops at Yale that faculty can use to help students refine their writing skills.

Professional Development Registration (Must login with STC Credentials)

“Life As Crossing Borders” open to South Texas College Community, Faculty, and Staff
Acclaimed author Sergio Troncoso, a native border Texan from El Paso, will read from a selection of his works dealing with the theme of “life as crossing borders.” Following his readings, you will have a chance to engage in a town hall discussion with our special guest covering a range of topics related to this fascinating aspect of our heritage and culture. We encourage South Texas College faculty, staff, students and the Rio Grande Valley community to participate in this special event.

For South Texas College Faculty and Staff: registration is appreciated to better prepare for the session. Thank you.
Professional Development Registration:


For more information regarding these workshops, please contact Office of Professional and Organizational Development at 956-872-7269 or

You can also find these events, and many others, on our Facebook page!

Exploring eLibrary

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Database Spotlight

Have you checked out ProQuest’s eLibrary yet? eLibrary delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support a range of users, including dual credit students, college students, and professional educators. eLibrary’s updated interface and features make research easy. Students and Faculty will find the answers they need from more than 2,090 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcript titles, plus a collection of over 7 million maps, pictures, weblinks, and audio/video files.

Read More…

eLibrary helps simplify the research process and empowers novice researchers to more easily and efficiently choose their research topic and find authoritative information to support their research claim. It delivers one of the largest collections of periodical and digital media content editorially selected to support novice researchers. Presented on the award-winning ProQuest platform, eLibrary offers two methods of access: a custom Guided Research application, and as part of the unified platform, assuring fit-for-purpose use. The responsively-designed user interface offers access on any device at any time. and, users can cross-search eLibrary with other ProQuest databases!

How can you use eLibrary?

  • Editors’ Picks and Trending Topics help you explore and get started with research
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Media-rich content
  • Cross-search other ProQuest resources
  • Easily export citations
  • Support all users with Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, language translation

You can access eLibrary from this blog post or from our Databases page.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.

Library Open House 2019 Test2

Click on a movie poster or scroll down to see when and where we’ll be having our Library Open House events!

The South Texas College Library joins Libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the values of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the place where their patrons live, work, and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. These events are free and open to the public!


Monday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.



Monday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.



Monday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Fahrenheit 451, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.


Starr County

Monday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.



Monday, April 9th

11 am – 1 pm.

Attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie The Fate of the Furious, a photo booth, contest, popcorn, drinks, and snacks.



For more information, please contact, Angelica Maria Garcia or at 956-872-2277

Films on Demand

Database Spotlight

Have you checked out Films on Demand  yet? At Films On Demand, content matters. Their video library has been assembled not just with a focus on volume, but also with a discerning eye for quality and relevance. It is the result of decades of careful curating with a single guiding principle: providing every academic department on campus with the most essential video titles for their field of study. We have access to a huge collection of films and documentaries, ranging from publishers like HBO, Arte France, CNBC, PBS, and The History Channel. You can browse the collection by subject, recently added, video type (i.e. Documentary, feature film, animation, newsreel), original language, and features of the month.

Read More…

Here is where the overflow of information will go. This area will be populated by liaisons who want to add more information than the above paragraph provided.

How can you use Films on Demand

  • Find inspiration and material for research papers and presentations
  • Captioning and interactive, searchable transcripts on all titles
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material
  • Follow up on a clip used by a professor in class and watch the rest of the video
  • Get citations for all videos in MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and APA formats, with up-to-date citation creation and export
  • View videos anywhere, 24/7

You can access Films on Demandfrom his blog post or from our Databases page.
*Please note: to access databases off campus, you will need to enter your STC username and password.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich.

Database Spotlight – Science in Context: Because of Her Series

Discover how fearless females changed the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with Gale’s Science In Context*.


As an attending anesthesiologist she developed the Apgar System allowing doctors or nurses to quickly determine if a baby is at risk for complications and needs attention . She focused her career on advocating for good prenatal care and ensuring proper care for newborns. Apgar laid the foundation for perinatology and the programs she developed are credited for our understanding of risks to a developing baby.




As a biologist, she researched melanoma and the effects of drugs on cancer cells, creating the foundational understanding that chemotherapy is built on. In addition to her work as a cell biologist she initiated programs to encourage minorities and women to pursue the sciences. As an educator and administrator, she worked to raise funds for scientific research and foster educational opportunities for minorities in the sciences.




She was the first African-American women admitted into the astronaut training program and the first in space completing an eight (8)-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. After leaving the astronaut program, Dr. Jemison focused on the advancement of education and science. She founded the Earth We Share International Science Camp that focuses on the impacts of science and technology on society and leads initiatives to continue to advance space travel.




American marine biologist, author, and conservationist alerted the world to the environmental impact of misusing fertilizers and pesticides. Her book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Her work drew praise from the public and President John F. Kennedy and led to a presidential commission. Her work led to more than 40 bills and amendments to federal environmental laws.




You can access Science In Contextfrom his blog post or from our Databases page.

* Please note: to access databases off campus, you will need to enter your STC username and password.

Contributed by Library Specialist William Heinrich and Gale, a Cengage Company.

Yo Solita Me Enseñé

South Texas College presents the work of Jenelle Esparza ‘Self-Taught’

McAllen, TX (September 27, 2017) – South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Yo Solita Me Enseñé,” a multi-media exhibit with photography, handmade paper, bronze sculpture, fabric, and found objects by Jenelle Esparza.

The exhibit opened Monday, September 11 and runs through October 11, 2017. There will be a closing artist lecture on October 11 at 1 p.m. and a reception to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Esparza is a San Antonio-based artist who works primarily as a photographer. She was awarded the 2015 NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts and Culture) Artist Grant for her project El Color de la Obra about the interconnected histories of South Texas cotton fields. Esparza will be the Texas Artpace International artist in-residence for 2018. She is currently an Education Coordinator at the McNay Art Museum.

“We are excited and honored to work with Jenelle Esparza. Her dedication, thoughtfulness and ability to bring together under told stories of South Texas is exceptional,” said Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “The skill with which she moves between mediums will be exciting to experience.”

Esparza’s work combines her own history as well as the collective history of South Texas with artwork such as hand-cast bronze cotton burrs and a photo of a vast cotton field titled, “Si La Tierra Podría Hablar.”

“The exhibit title, Yo Solita Me Enseñé, comes from women, Tejanas, from the early twentieth century in South Texas as they describe how everything in their environment was made themselves or was self-taught including deshilado, bailes, caseros, food, music and artwork,” Esparza said. “I like that meaning because everything in this show was not only made by me, but it represents a community and a history of people who made things in their own way.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at 956-872-3488, or visit

Photo: Si la Tierra Pudiera Hablar, Archival pigment print, 2016.

Inspired by the Deep Blue

South Texas College exhibits work by UTRGV Master of Fine Arts Candidate

South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents an exhibit, “Inspired by the Deep Blue,” with Natalia Soto. The exhibit opens Tuesday, September 6 and will be on view through Friday, December 8, 2017. An artist lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library on November 14. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natalia Soto Sanchez is an active artist with the Women of Action Collective and is in her last semester of the MFA program at UTRGV. In this exhibit of drawings, lithographs, and collage, Soto pays close attention to line detail in a series of fantastical underwater images.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, or visit