Library Services to People with Special Needs Annual Session: “Accessibility: High Tech for Access”

A Technology Petting Zoo: High Tech for Access


19 August 2013


Singapore, Central Public Library, National Library Board (10 minutes on foot from the conference centre)


This Session will focus on access technologies that enable libraries to offer a higher quality of life to these who are afflicted with physical, mental or cognitive disabilities and, therefore, are unable to access current library services.

The program will start with presentations to introduce access technology products, software and devices. Participants will then visit a "Technology Petting Zoo," where people (companies, industries, organizations, libraries, etc.) can use a hands-on approach to explore what might be involved if they were interested in or in need of acquiring such technology for their establishment.

Toward the end of the session there will be time for discussion among the participants about how we may best promote access technologies in the near future.


  • Veronica L C Stevenson-Moudamane, LSN Chair

Keynote Speech

“My Computer is not Dyslexic: Reading, Writing, and Machine Intelligence”
Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle (Director of the Berlin School for Library and Information Science, Dean of the Faculty of Arts I, & Chair of the Commission on Research Ethics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


  • Audio index Libraries are worth listening to! - Audio-based library service combined with RFID reader and audio player
    Mr. Lars Eriksson (Audioindex AB, Sweden)
  • Downloading talking books to e-book reader in Sweden
    Bitte Kronkvist (Swedish Library of Talking Books and Braille)
    Heidi Carlsson Asplund (Library in the Municipal of Lerum, Sweden)
  • Search and read books online with PLEXTALK through DAISY Online Delivery protocol / DAISY/digital talking book players and recorders of your choice, DAISY authoring tools for libraries and local communities
    Mr. Hiroaki Mizukami (Technology Products Business Unit,Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd. (PLEXTALK) , Japan)
  • Free production tools to create e-pub contents and inexpensive e-book readers
    Mr. Dipendra Manochoa (Developing countries coordinator of DAISY Consortium)
  • Accessible multimedia contents in PC, tablet computers and mobile phones
    Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura (Assistive Technology Development Organization - Japan)
    Ms. Misako Nomura (Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities)

*It is required to register in advance to attend this Session


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Central Public Library, National Library Board Singapore (10 minutes on foot from the conference centre)

Programme, Library Services to People with Special Needs, Access to information, Access to knowledge, Acquisitions, Audiovisual and multimedia resources, Best practices, Digital divide, Digital resources, Disadvantaged persons, Education, Education and training, Electronic document delivery, Electronic resources, Library services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired, Social inclusion, Singapore

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