ERIC Number: ED450796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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The Digital Society's Challenge to the Library for the Blind.
This paper discusses new strategies and potential roles for libraries for the blind, based on the author's experiences at the Danish National Library for the Blind (DBB). The first section is an introduction that provides background on DBB. The second section considers characteristics of the information community. The third section describes the following tasks of the library for the blind in the digital reality: (1) information equality between handicapped and non-handicapped; (2) the roles of lobbyist, inspirer, and watchdog; (3) direct contact between information vendors and the visually impaired; and (4) standards and universal design. The fourth section addresses competency development for library staff, including a competency development program at DBB that consists of modules that deal with communication skills, the technological shift from analog to digital production, personal competencies, and strengthening of management. The fifth section covers reorganization at DBB. The sixth section lists objectives for improved results at DBB. (MES)
Descriptors: Blindness, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Library Personnel, Library Role, Library Services, National Libraries, Organizational Change, Special Libraries, Staff Development, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/048-158e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark