The book takes account of the key fact that to maximize their potential, people must have lifelong access to the information and services offered through books and libraries. Whether to address concerns of an ageing population or to enable all citizens to contribute fully through meaningful education and work opportunities, more emphasis is being given to promoting library services to people who have disabilities. This book is a compendium of articles focused on serving adults with disabilities in an international setting. From this book, librarians, policy makers and constituents will understand the importance of serving all potential patrons, will be exposed to best practices and model programs, and will learn techniques and strategies for improving the services their libraries offer.

Key Features

  • Pragmatic approach gives librarians tools they can use immediately to improve their services
  • Policy overviews help librarians understand advocacy issues
  • Emphasis on universal access helps librarians and decision-makers understand how improving services for people with disabilities improves services for all patrons


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

Improving library services to people with print disabilities: The role of technology in public libraries; Library services to people with special needs: A discussion of blind and visually impaired people as an exemplar; Library services to people who are deaf; Adaptive technology for people with physical disabilities using information and communications technology; Reaching people with disabilities in developing countries through academic libraries; Finding the means to improve services; Low-cost/no-cost ways to improve service right now; Further reading and resources.


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© 2007
Chandos Publishing
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