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National Library of Canada Services for the Print Disabled

Presented by: Carol Smale


  • Respond to questions
    • email, phone, fax, letter
  • Both general and alternate format specific inquiries
  • Accessible workstation
    • 21" monitor
    • Kensington mouse
    • Jaws (screen reader)
    • Magic (text enlarger)
    • Alva 340 Braille keyboard
    • manuals in Braille and large print
    • staff to help
    • provides access to AMICUS, a number of CD-ROMs and web-based reference services, e.g. Canadian Periodical Index, Repère, Canadian Business and Current Affairs, etc.
    • NL OPAC coming soon
  • bibliographies, finding aids
    • in print, on Web
    • beginning to include alternate format materials

Interlibrary Loan

  • Requests from libraries for loans, copies of articles, etc.
    • can specify format required
    • will loan if we own a service copy or can make a copy
      • small collection, P*** issues
  • Provide locations

Read Up On It

  • Annual publication promoting Canadian children's literature and reading
  • Highlights notable books on a variety of themes, award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories
  • Includes section on alternate formats, including Braille, Print-Braille and audio

Accessible Canadian Library II (1997)

  • Assists libraries in making their facilities and services accessible
  • Includes CLA Guidelines on Library and Information Services for People with Disabilities, lists of resources to help librarians access government agencies, organizations serving the disabled, Internet sites, other information
  • Needs updating, but still lots of useful information

Both available in alternate format on request, as are all NL publications.

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