Six Steps to library services for blind and
partially sighted people
UK-wide effort to improve access for blind and partially sighted
people, public libraries have adopted six important simple steps
that will ensure everyone can use their library. For the two
million blind and partially sighted people in the UK this will
be a lifeline to the leisure, learning and information resources
that public libraries offer.
the six steps initiative are collections of accessible digital,
large print and audio books, having a library champion for the
reading needs of blind and partially sighted people, and making
sure that technology in libraries is accessible to all.
Six steps to library
services for blind and partially sighted people is a joint
initiative by Libraries Connected, the Scottish Library &
Information Council and Share the Vision.
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Vision provides workshops and online training through the
Libraries Connected Learning Pool.
Face workshops are offered on an occasional basis at locations
around the United Kingdom to provide simple background to the
Six Steps promise, the accessibility of local libraries and an
insight into the changing technology which supports people who
live with sight loss and other visual disabilities.
Steps Online module gives public library staff in authorities
who are members of Libraries Connected an online programme which
can be undertaken at any time and in their own workplace. The
module covers basic eye conditions and reasons for sight loss,
advice on organisations who can help with support and tips on
how to make your library and your events accessible to more
information about Libraries Connected and the Universal Offers
and Promises can be found at
Vision provides a fortnightly Bulletin which contains links and
updates to new items, new products and new developments
surrounding libraries, reading and sight loss available free of
charge to all.
Sight was created by RNIB in collaboration with partners to be
the single and authoritative place to find out about reading for
people with sight loss and is now managed by Share the Vision.
launched in June 2009 at the Umbrella Conference.
Sight is a free resource for library staff, teachers,
rehabilitation workers and anyone who supports people with sight
loss to continue reading.
Sight is the place to find information on:
Legislation and policy relating to reading with sight loss;
Organisations that provide reading resources and services
for people with sight loss;
formats - what they are and where to find them;
buildings and equipment;
volunteer training and development.