Reading Sight: Helping libraries support people with sight loss

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Delivered by Pat Beech, Tom Forrest and Simon Morgan of RNIB at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009.

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Reading Sight: Helping libraries support people with sight loss

  1. 1. Helping libraries support people with sight loss Pat Beech, Tom Forrest and Simon Morgan
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why a new website? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is it for? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s on it? </li></ul><ul><li>When will it be ready? </li></ul><ul><li>Where? </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  3. 3. <ul><li>There are 378,000 people in the UK who are registered as blind or partially sighted; 315,000 in England, 38,000 in Scotland, 20,000 in Wales and 5,000 in Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>About 2 million people in the UK self define as having a sight problem or seeing difficulty </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  4. 4. <ul><li>1 million extra people who are print disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, about 3 million people or 5 % of the population need adjustments to standard print to be able to read </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  5. 5. <ul><li>Only 4.4% of titles published by UK publishers 1999-2003 were reproduced in an alternative format by either commercial or voluntary sectors </li></ul><ul><li>LISU Findings 2005 </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  6. 6. <ul><li>RNIB National Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Calibre </li></ul><ul><li>Clearvision </li></ul><ul><li>Custom Eyes Books NBCS </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Cue and Review </li></ul><ul><li>Bag Books </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  7. 7. <ul><li>There are not enough books available in alternative formats, so: </li></ul><ul><li>we need to make sure we know how to access the whole range of services that are available </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  8. 8. <ul><li>There are not enough opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to engage in reading activities, so: </li></ul><ul><li>we need to explore ways to make our programmes accessible; and </li></ul><ul><li>tell people about it! </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  9. 9. <ul><li>There are many agencies who want to help blind and partially sighted people to access and enjoy reading, but it’s a complicated landscape. So: </li></ul><ul><li>we need to make sure we know what all the agencies do; and </li></ul><ul><li>explore ways to work together more effectively </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  10. 10. <ul><li>Best Practice Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Esm é Fairbairn Training </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from blind and partially sighted readers </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway champions </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  11. 11. <ul><li>Free UK national offer </li></ul><ul><li>Web- based </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul>www.readingsight.org.uk
  12. 12. <ul><li>Live from mid July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>www.readingsight.org.uk </li></ul>

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