ERIC Number: ED098921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: 0
Library Services with Deaf People; A Guide to Concepts, Activities, Resources.
Virginia State Library, Richmond.
Persons with normal hearing, especially in the public services, should make concerted efforts to become adept in forms of total communication so that more avenues to the everyday world are opened to deaf people. Awareness of the deaf world among the hearing and being involved with it are possibly just as important as those services established specifically for the deaf. The planning of library programs for the deaf, which should be done in conjunction with deaf members of the community, should commence with the establishment of priorities, perhaps including staff training for manual communication or the assumption of an advocacy role for the development of services. Resources for expanded library services can be explored in the areas of personnel, materials and equipment, and budget. There are a variety of programs and services which can be implemented to expand the public library's informational, instructional, and facilitative functions in direct aid to the deaf or for increased awareness among the hearing population. A list of agencies for the deaf provides additional sources for information. (Author/SL)
Descriptors: Deaf Interpreting, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Library Guides, Library Services, Outreach Programs, Public Libraries
Reed Coats, Institutional Library Consultant, Library Development Branch, Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia 23219 (free)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Library, Richmond.