ERIC Number: EJ711490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-15
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Barrier Buster: Kim Charlson--Perkins School for the Blind
Library Journal, v130 n5 pS34 Mar 2005
Kim Charlson believes everyone should live life to the fullest no matter what their handicaps. Blind since early childhood, she chose librarianship because, as a braille reader and avid user of talking books, she wanted to be "in a decision-making capacity in the library field and influence the direction of library services for people with disabilities." And influence it she has, in the same sense that Hoover Dam has "influenced" the Colorado River. As director of the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA, she has altered the profession by training and campaigning. The citation for her induction into Massachusetts's Library Hall of Fame praises her tireless work showing Massachusetts librarians "how to make libraries more accessible through outreach, web site accessibility, adaptive technology, accessible collections, and staff training on disability sensitivity and awareness." Through her work at Perkins, she provides librarians with a model of exemplary service to the blind and visually impaired.
Descriptors: Librarians, Blindness, Braille, Library Materials, Library Services, Special Libraries, School Libraries, Change Agents, Assistive Technology, Accessibility (for Disabled)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts