Public library partnershipsPosted: November 18, 2010
One of the sessions at this year’s conference highlighted three examples of public libraries working in partnership with the print disability community to make their services more accessible. The presentations are now online:
- PLEASED: Victorian Public Libraries Enhancing Access. Katrina Knox, representing Public Library Victoria Network (PLVN), talked about development of the PLEASED website, which provides public library staff across Victoria with information about disability and how they can help people with disability access the library more independently.
- Libraries Building Communities: Accessibility needs partnerships. Tony Iezzi of Vision Australia talked about partnering with public libraries to set up book clubs and reading groups that were inclusive of print-disabled people.
- Once upon a library: NVDA and The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa. Keiran McNabb and Moata Tamaira from the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa talked about bringing the open-source screen reader software NVDA into public libraries across New Zealand. This allows blind and partially sighted New Zealanders to make use of the free broadband connections available in public libraries.