The Essential Role of Libraries Serving Persons Who Are Blind and Print Disabled in the Information Age

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4061)


Traditionally, libraries serving persons who are blind or print disabled have had to create accessible, specially formatted materials and distribute these products to their patrons. As new technologies evolve, there is the vision of a time when materials published for the mainstream can be made accessible to persons with disabilities at the same time and at no greater cost than the versions targeted for the mainstream consumer.

This paper and presentation will both provide you with an update on the “traditional” activities, and reveal the essential roles that many libraries for the blind are playing in the standards, open source software, and the consumer products arena that will lead to that vision of the future.


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    The DAISY Consortium:
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    International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF),
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    Consumer Electronics Association (CEA),
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    Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS),
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    International Telecommunications Union (ITU),
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    World Summit on the Information Society,

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Secretary GeneralDAISY Consortium, c/o Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually ImpairedZürichSwitzerland

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