Colloquium 1

Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC)

Indian Statistical Institute
8th Mile, Mysore Road, RVCE Post
Bangalore, 560 059

Title Inclusive Library Services for Differently Abled People




The advancement of scientific and cultural awareness has led to a greater understanding of the various impairments and disabilities that plague people. We understand now, more than ever, what it means to be “differently abled.” Apart from physical and mental assistance, what they need is a sense of belonging somewhere. We believe that the congenial nature of libraries provides them with a haven and a sense of independence and solace. In our presentation, we attempt to describe the various ways in which libraries are successful in empowering them and overcoming their sense of exclusion.

Our presentation first introduces the need for libraries and inclusiveness for all. Going ahead, we attempt to delineate and describe the disabilities. The next few topics attempt to address the specific impairments and how technology and personal service are enabling the differently abled. We discuss the visually impaired, people suffering from hearing loss and those physically and cognitively challenged. Finally, we attempt to enumerate the successful practices at a national and international level before concluding the presentation which looks at the future trends and the looming role of librarians in ushering inclusivity.

Speakers and topics 

     Introduction                                                                                                              Shakeeb Arzoo

     Understanding Disabling Impairments                                                                    Ratna Raj

     Library Services to people with visual impairments                                               V Bhuvaneshwari

     Library Services to people with hearing loss                                                           Harikrishnan J. S.

     Library Services for people with locomotor and learning challenges                      Prashant Yadav

     Some Successful Practices                                                                                       Nabina Khamaru

     Conclusion                                                                                                                Anuj Dev

Coordinator: Dr. Biswanath Dutta

Date: 1/3/2022 (Tuesday)

Time: 2 p.m.