ERIC Number: ED237091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Speaking Out. Personal and Professional Views on Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals.
Eldridge, Leslie, Comp.
In this collection of interviews, the outgrowth of a symposium held in San Francisco, California, in July, 1981, librarians, students, and users of library services for blind and physically handicapped individuals express their thoughts and feelings about their experiences and about the attitudes they have encountered. Handicapped library users were selected on the basis of their frequent use of the subregional library in San Francisco, their particular life situations, and their willingness to participate in a taped interview in their homes. All of the patrons interviewed are visually impaired. Individual interviews with 15 members of this group and interviews with a group of high school students and a group of retirement home residents make up the first section of this book. Interviews with 20 librarians, who were chosen to represent different points of view, are presented in the second section. The 15 library school students, whose interviews are in the third section, were recruited from two local schools, the University of California at Berkeley and San Jose State University, and one out-of-state institution, the University of Wisconsin at Madison. All interviews were tape recorded, transcribed, and edited to their present form. A concluding statement briefly discusses the current level of library services to the blind and physically handicapped and some of the reasons why such services are not as good as they should be. Education of all the groups concerned is suggested as the key to solving the problems with current services. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Policymakers; Community; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.