ERIC Number: ED450764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Partnering Services between Public Libraries and Library Services for the Blind: A Canadian Experience.
This paper discusses the development and implementation of the VISUNET:CANADA Partners Program, an innovative, cooperative model of library service for blind and print disabled Canadians. The ultimate purpose of the model is to advance information equity for blind and print disabled individuals, wherever they live, by positioning the local library as the primary service point for access to information. It is a model based on cooperation and the integration of service to blind and print disabled individuals into the mainstream of library service. Topics addressed include: the role of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Library; elements that help to make the partnership successful; the principles of the CNIB Library Advocacy Program; components of the VISUNET:CANADA program (i.e., a online catalog, a module that provides access to full-text Canadian newspapers and magazines, and a module providing access to electronic resources); key elements in the implementation of the partnership between CNIB and The Alberta Library (TAL); and what the partnership means. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cooperative Programs, Foreign Countries, Library Cooperation, Library Services, Models, Reading Difficulties, User Needs (Information), Users (Information), Visual Impairments
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/025-158e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada