1 October 2018

Satellite meeting on “Inclusive Library Services for Children and Young Adults” in Singapore

By Raneetha Rajaratnam and Benjamin Scheffler

They held the meeting on August 23rd 2018, one day before the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) opened in Kuala Lumpur. There was a good variety of topics, ranging from establishing successful community partnerships, to capacity development, and designing inclusive spaces with accessible collections. These met the needs of the participants who were very interested in developing more wide-ranging services for the children and young adults with special needs. What especially appeared to strike a chord with the participants were the various ways organizations supported their staff in providing specialized services and programmes to children and young adults with disabilities through collaboration and training.

The 140 participants from 11 countries (including Egypt, Japan, Russia, Norway, Kenya and the United States) met at the National Library building in Singapore. Both the local and international participants gave very good feedback. They gained new knowledge from the speakers, were able to exchange innovative ideas, and discover good practices. The satellite meeting also provided them with an excellent opportunity to forge new connections and potential partnerships.

The satellite papers are now published in the IFLA Library http://library.ifla.org/view/conferences/2018/2018-08-23/877.html

The speakers' presentations for the satellite meeting are available on the website of the Section “Library Services to People with Special Needs” (LSN) https://www.ifla.org/node/71276

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