Designing Barrier Free Services for Visually Challenged Persons in the Academic Libraries in India

Roy, Protap Chandra and Bandyopadhyay, Ratna Designing Barrier Free Services for Visually Challenged Persons in the Academic Libraries in India., 2009 . In International Conference on Academic Libraries (ICAL-2009), Delhi, 5th to 8th October, 2009. [Conference paper]


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This paper aims to design barrier free environment in university libraries by procuring proper equipments, technologies and providing proper infrastructural facilities and need based services for the visually disabled. Till now academic library services for these persons are not adequate. Recently some university libraries have taken steps in this regard. As per our survey Bharathihar University, Jammu University, Delhi University, Punjab University, JNU, Lucknow University, Calcutta University either established or going to establish Digital Braille and audio library. At present with the help of Information Technology (IT) it is possible to provide user friendly & adequate services for these people who are neglected for long time. UNESCO & IFLA have issued guidelines to provide equal library services to all including people with disabilities. Governments of India and University Grants Commission have also issued guidelines in this regard. This paper highlights the special equipments and services that the librarians of academic libraries are expected to provide fulfilling the purpose and missions of libraries framed & supported by IFLA and UNESCO

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Barrier free service, Braille Library, Adaptive technology, Enabling technology, Visually challenged, Visual impaired, Differently disabled, University library
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IK. Design, development, implementation and maintenance
Depositing user: Mr. Protap Chandra Roy
Date deposited: 07 Jun 2014 02:05
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:30


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