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A Study on the Main Body and Content of State-led Library Service for Persons with Disabilities by Continent

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2020, 51(3), pp.1-25
  • DOI : 10.16981/kliss.51.3.202009.1
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : August 11, 2020
  • Accepted : September 7, 2020
  • Published : September 28, 2020

Hee-Yoon Yoon 1

1대구대학교

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ABSTRACT

The World Health Organization estimated that more than a billion people(or 15% of the world’s population) lives with disabilities. They have the same information needs as non-disabled people. Nevertheless, as the World Blind Union estimated, less than 10% of published books are ever made into accessible formats in developed countries. The role of the national library should be very important to improve the information accessibility for the disabled. Based on this perspective, this study analyzed and compared the history and development, legal basis and organization, main functions and tasks, and service features for the disabled for the Library of Congress of the United States, MTM(Myndigheten för Tillgängliga Medier) of Sweden, National Diet Library of Japan, and SALB(South African Library for the Blind) of Republic of South Africa representing the nationwide disability services by continent. And based on the results of the analysis, this study suggested ways to strengthen the capacity of the National Library for the Disabled of Korea.

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