2010 Conference: Pre-conference tours: Saturday 22 May
1.00-2.30pm: accessible tour of the Central City Library, presenting and considering current and future services for print-disabled borrowers
Auckland City Libraries comprises the central city library and 16 community libraries. On this tour of the central city library you’ll get an overview of a busy metropolitan public library and its services, hear about the unique heritage holdings in the Auckland Research Centre and Sir George Grey Special Collections, and learn about the contribution of Auckland City Libraries to the Auckland City Council’s “Disability framework for action – towards a 100 per cent accessible Auckland.” Tour hosts will be happy to answer questions as you move around.
4.00-6.00pm: Tour of accessible information services including the library and accessible format production facilities.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is New Zealand’s main provider of sight loss habilitation and rehabilitation services to blind and partially sighted people. On this tour of the RNZFB’s Auckland office, you will learn more about its accessible information services: the library, recording studios, braille, e-text and large print production, equipment services, adaptive technology and adaptive communications.
6.00-7.00pm: Welcome reception and drinks
This short welcome reception will include drinks and finger food, a short speech or two and a performance by three students of the braille music school at BLENNZ. Food for the welcome reception is being generously supplied by Kokako, a locally Fair Trade coffee roaster and food providore.