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Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations

Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Viv Dunstan:

"I recently gave a talk to a conference for archivists on my perceptions as a disabled user of archives. I have a progressive neurological disease, and sometimes use a wheelchair. ...

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...list of recommendations for archivists to improve accessibility. I will repeat these here, for the benefit of any reading:

Would ask archivists to consider how accessible their search rooms are, including the layout within the room itself. This is potentially of great benefit to physically disabled archive users, but a more accessible layout can benefit users in general as well, for example tables and chairs that are easier to move around, paper catalogues easier to access etc.As a counterpoint to that ask you to be more aware of the potential need for people to research at a distance, and do not always assume lengthy on-the-spot research is practical or the default approach, and consider enabling other modes of provision for usersTo that end make sure that online catalogues are as detailed as they can be, and improve them where necessaryAs well as archivist initiated digitisation projects archivists should consider supporting digitisation on demand, including permitting digital photography of records, whether a per page copying fee is charged for such photography, or waived for disability users"
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Good checklist of points to consider for archives with regards accessibility! 

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IGF Baku - Digital Inclusion and Public Access to the Internet (6th November 2012, Workshop 130) | IFLA

IGF Baku - Digital Inclusion and Public Access to the Internet (6th November 2012, Workshop 130) | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"IFLA, together with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Internet Society (ISOC) will hold a workshop during this year''s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The workshop will highlight the importance of libraries for guaranteeing public access to the internet and the essential role libraries are playing in this. Every day, the world's 230,000 public libraries play a key role in enabling tens of millions of users to access up to date and crucial information through the Internet. You can find further information on this in the background brief.

The workshop is intended to further develop the conversation surrounding libraries as agents for development, and to raise awareness within the IGF's multistakeholder community that libraries are the perfect partner to solve the problem of digital inclusion.

If you are not in Baku, the good news is that you can still join and actively participate in the workshop via remote participation where you can add your questions and comments. We look forward to your active input in the session. If you are in Baku for the IGF, please come and join the discussion in Workshop 130 (6th November, Room 7, 14.30pm Baku time)."

 

More information: http://wsms1.intgovforum.org/content/no130-digital-inclusion-and-public-access-internet-what-policymakers-need-and-how-libraries-

 

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Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access

Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today, only 35% of the world’s population are connected to the internet. Millions more don’t have the skills to use the information available online. Despite improved access to technology in many developing communities, access and guidance for all must be a government priority. Regular, stable and reliable access to the internet and help in using it generates opportunities to create, share and benefit from new knowledge. In the 2st century, governments must ensure this service exists so that people can improve their lives and communities.
This latest brief, Providing Internet Access Through Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills, underscores how libraries are preferred venues for public access to the internet. Governments can and should incorporate public libraries into national ICT and broadband initiatives, and public library staff must have access to necessary training in new technologies to use their library space and resources as a sustainable resource for their communities."

 

PDF document: http://issuu.com/irex-dc/docs/librariespublicaccessv2/1

 

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