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About the Whitepaper - Inclusive Libraries

The need to access libraries is not one that we need to contend. Libraries provide us with a vast resource of knowledge whereby a person can access books, periodicals, newspapers, journals, etc. Today with the advent of digital libraries, collections are stored in digital formats and accessible by computers, also.

Persons with disabilities should also have access to both that is physical libraries as well as digital libraries.

Libraries are also a point of access whereby resources can be pooled and used by a large cross-section of the society. Therefore, making libraries inclusive is important for the growth of India's population.

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  • Importance of libraries Why the need of inclusive libraries? Next Slide: Who can this impact?
  • Reserved parking closest to the entrance, unobstructed pedestrian route from the main gate till the entrance easy to identify, step free route circulation routes need to be wide enough and step free, Simple layout Design and height of all tables, book stacks, chairs of varying design and seating heights at least one toilet adapted for disabled persons Easy to locate staff desks, informational material available in accessible formats Good informational and directional signage Alarm systems that are both audible and visual, refuge areas identified with wheelchair waiting spaces, exit step free exit routes
  • 1. Access to the Resources: -CDs, DVDs, in addition, to newspapers, magazines, periodicals, journals, books etc 2. Physical Access: Parking, Entrance, Toilets, Furniture, Internal Circulation etc 3. Service and Communication Sensitization, Special Services etc
  • Inclusive library

    1. 1. Tel: +91-22-26860485/6 Web: Email: Inclusive Library A step towards making libraries disabled friendly
    2. 2. • Vast resource of knowledge – Books – Periodicals – Journals – Newspapers • Available in various formats – Printed material – Videos – Online Content – CD’s, DVD’s etc Why do we use a Library?
    3. 3. Where do we find libraries? • In Schools • In Colleges • In Universities Also, Libraries can be: • Public • Private
    4. 4. • Disabled People should have: – Equal access to Knowledge – Equal access to Education – Equal access to Information Like any other person! We need Accessible Libraries because…
    5. 5. Who can Accessible Libraries Benefit? • Low vision to blind people • Hearing Impaired • Mobility Impaired • People with cognitive disability • The elderly
    6. 6. How Can We Make an Inclusive Library? • Access to Resources of the Library • Physical Access to the Library • Services and Communication To know more, download the Inclusive Libraries White paper!
    7. 7. Access To Resources • Printed Material – Provide Magnification – Provide material in Alternate Formats • Online Content, Videos, CD’s, DVD’s, etc – Access to Screen Reader & Magnification – Alternate Input Devices • Digital Library – Develop Accessible Website
    8. 8. Making Printed Content Accessible Magnify a newspaper or a book to ensure easy reading using Optelec Clear View+ ! Sit Back and relax as the ClearView+ Speech reads out printed material for you.
    9. 9. Alternate Format Conversion Services Make printed material available in various formats using Dolphin Easy Converter: •Braille •Large Print •Digital Talking Book – Audio with Navigation – Audio and Full Text – Text and no audio
    10. 10. Access to Internet and Digital Library Provide Access to Assistive Technology such as: •Screen Reader and Screen Magnifier – Dolphin Supernova •Adaptive Keyboard – Clevy Keyboard •Adaptive Mouse – Rock Adapted Joystick •Switches – Big Red Switch
    11. 11. Develop Accessible Website & Digital Library • Conforming to: – Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – Indian Government Web Guidelines
    12. 12. Physical Access beyond a Ramp… • Parking and Accessible Pathway • Entrance • Internal Circulation • Accessible Furniture • Restroom • Circulation and Information Desk • Signage • Emergency Evacuation
    13. 13. Services & Communication • Sensitizing Training for the Staff • Special Services – Home Delivery Service – Postal Service • Providing Information – Guided Tours – Information Booklets
    14. 14. Let’s Recap Access to Resources Physical Access Services & Communication Magnification Parking & Pathway Sensitization Screen Reader Entrance Special Services Alternate Input Devices Internal Circulation Provide Information Alternate format Services Furniture Accessible Websites Toilets Signage Emergency Exit
    15. 15. Assistive Technology Let Technology be Inclusive! • Empower persons with disabilities • Provide equal access to technology • Build inclusion and diversity Accessibility Services • Testing by persons with disabilities • Meet your social and legal requirements • Comply with accessibility guidelines Accessible Web Development Accessible Conversion POUR Accessibility Testing
    16. 16. Email: Office: +91-26860485/6 Connect with us at: Barrierbreak Where to Contact Me?