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Library Seminars: Accessibility

Can't Find a Recording?

If you can't find the recording you are looking for please email: Reasons you may not be able to find it:

  • It might not have been recorded.
  • It may be only available to NOAA staff upon request.
  • The recording was time sensitive and has been removed to remain accuracy of content.

Sign Language Interpreting Services

Sign language interpreting services for NOAA's Deaf and hard of hearing employees is available through NOAA Human Capital Services' Sign Language Interpreting Services Program. If you would like for us to request an ASL interpreter in person or via webcam for an upcoming webinar, please let us know at least 5 days in advance. You are free to request these services on your own through the link below:


GoToWebinar is one of the webinar platforms used by the NOAA Library. Our access to this platform allows for 1,000 attendees to our live seminars with audio options of either phone or Voice Over IP (VOIP, ie. computer audio). Registration is required of all seminars and the email entered will receive a confirmation email with a personal join link.

You must download a temporary application to your desktop to run the webinar (there is an option to join through your browser, see above). You can download and test this process in advance by following the steps here:

Technical Issues

  • Most issues can be solved by logging off and back into the webinar using your personal join link.
  • If audio issues persist, this could be related to your computer: on mute, connected to a bluetooth device, or another issue.
  • For those on VPN, it is possible this connection is interfering with your attendance and it is advised to log off VPN before attending. 
  • Finally, you can record the error message and contact your IT department. Additional help may be found on GoToWebinar's support page:

Accessible Recording

If YouTube does not fit your needs and you need an accessible version of our recordings please email us at for a downloadable mp4. This recording can then be used on an accessible video player, like iTunesWindows Media PlayerQuickTime, and VLC.

For more information visit's 508 Accessible Videos – Use a 508-Compliant Video Player

Captioning Services

Deaf Access Solutions (DAS) is a live closed captioning service that runs in a separate browser window than the event webinar and is available for presentations by request at least 5 days in advance (email If requested a link will be available in the presentation calendar event, email, and the webinar chat at the start of the event webinar. For any presentation that has used DAS services, the transcript will be made available on request via email. If a presentation does not have DAS services, it will still be captioned using automatic captioning via our YouTube channel

If you have difficulty accessing information on this site, particularly if using assistive technology including screen readers, eye tracking devices, or voice recognition software, please email us at with the following information: URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced and your contact information. We'll get back to you as soon as we can, and attempt to provide the information you're seeking.


If you need the transcript for a recent seminar, please email us at and we will be able to provide a Word, Notepad or other format document with time stamps.