Services for the Disabled
Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative (PPLC) in Florida administers a Talking Book Library. This is a special library meant to serve citizens who cannot read or use print materials due to permanent disabilities.
In order to receive books, citizens must apply with the library and must be certified as eligible by a doctor, welfare agency, or someone official who can attest to the potential patron’s condition. Once a patron is approved to receive talking books, they will receive a player in the mail.
The library has been switching to a digital format since 2009, but it is recommended patrons get a cassette player and digital player to receive access to more materials. The Talking Book Library delivers books by mail for their patrons. This is a wonderful service for the community.
For more information about the Talking Book Library in Pinellas County, please visit http://www.pplc.us/tbl/.
Tips for Providing Quality Services for the Disabled
Blogs/Websites to Watch
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Sala Borsa Library of Bologna, Italy
Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL)
Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out
- Johnstone, Jodi. Employment of disabled persons in the academic library environment. The Australian Library Journal. 54(2). pp. 156-163.