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Vědecká knihovna Olomouc
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Access to Information and Library Services for Handicapped

Final Financial and Project Report


Contents

  1. What did you achieve and how
  2. Taken strategies and activities
  3. How did you evaluate the project
  4. Do you consider the project as a success or did you reach the goal
  5. What are the indicators showing that the project was a success
  6. Statistical data on the results
  7. How many people and institutions benefited from the project
  8. What would you do differently if you start the project from the beginning
  9. What is the impact of the project on the local community and local government
  10. What are the future plans connected with the project
  11. Budget details


1. What did you achieve and how

Result

The project enabled us to open a study room of audio-visual materials for the handicapped.

Circumstances

In 1999, the library opened a new study room of audio-visual materials, built from the library own means.

Library customers can listen to music at a high level, study CD-ROM or access the Internet in this study room which is in no way accessible to physically handicapped customers.

The project enables opening a special new section of the study room, accessible to the handicapped from the elevator at first floor. The gallery communicates with the study room interior and offers the same services, i.e. Internet and CD-ROM at two PC workstations (with software for the visually impaired at one of them) and one workplace for listening to music.

There are three other study rooms and toilet facilities accessible at first floor. Building the AV gallery completes providing all library services to the handicapped.

Equipment

Two PC workstations, software for the visually impaired and a printer were purchased with the OSI funding and state budget means; the furniture equipment with the library own means.

The software for the visually impaired was consulted with our colleagues from the Information Centre of Palacky University so that our services were efficient and united. The rest of the technical equipment was chosen to suit the software best. For details, see attachment.


2. Taken strategies and activities

Building the AV gallery

  • Building the AV gallery has been consulted with the representatives of TREND - association for physically handicapped (http://www.braillnet.cz/trend; contact persons: Mgr. Milan Langer, Mgr. Eva Kacanu) so that the equipment and the size of furniture complied with the needs of the handicapped.

Publicity

  • The library prints a booklet listing the services available and the mentioned organizations will look after its distribution among their registered members.
  • The opening of the new AV gallery will be published in local publications and in periodicals for the handicapped.
  • One separate edition of a special quarterly journal "Knihovni obzor" (Library horizon) will be devoted to the topic (the journal is being edited by the State Research Library in Olomouc since 1993 and distributed to special librarians' public round all Czech Republic).
  • The information will be available in all documents about the library including its web pages (http://www.vkol.cz).

For details, see 6.

Opening the AV gallery

The representatives of TREND, of the Association of Physically Handicapped in the Czech Republic (contact person: Mrs. Blanka Lasovská) and of local branch of Association of the visually impaired in the Czech Republic (contact person: Mr. Jan Příborský) have been invited to the opening of the new study room.

3. How did you evaluate the project

We realise the necessity of the new library services especially to handicapped customers; yet our regular budget does not cover their expensive implementation.

The grant help in this field is priceless.


4. Do you consider the project as a success or did you reach the goal

We consider the project as a success (for details, see 5 and 6).


5. What are the indicators showing that the project was a success


6. Statistical data on the results

Association for Physically Handicapped in the Czech Republic (Olomouc region):

  • cca 2300 registered members (the real number in Olomouc region twice as many)
  • TREND - association for physically handicapped: cca 50 registered members
  • Association for the visually impaired in Olomouc: 690 registered members

Publicity number of copies:

  • (regular local press)
    • Olomoucký týden 18.000
    • Olomoucký Den cca 9.000
    • Mladá fronta Dnes cca 22.500
  • (press for the handicapped)
    • Vozíčkář (physically handicapped) 5000
    • Majáček (visually impaired) 1160
  • (library press)
    • Knihovní obzor: 550 copies
    • library information booklet 5000 copies
    • library web page (http://www.vkol.cz)

Library:

  • registered users: cca 10.000
  • Internet users: cca 350 per month
  • opening hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


7. How many people and institutions benefited from the project


8. What would you do differently if you start the project from the beginning


9. What is the impact of the project on the local community and local government

  • Amalgamation of the physically handicapped and visually impaired customers of the region into the community of healthy library users and vice versa: the handicapped shall be no longer isolated from the healthy community who will learn more to communicate with them and respect their needs in everyday life.
  • Contribution to the general knowledge of the handicapped about the events in the region and supported communication between local government and the handicapped.


10. What are the future plans connected with the project

Developing services

Having the new space built, there is no more obstacle to develop its services parallelly with the services of the study room of audio-visual materials, i.e. larger musical and CD-ROM funds to offer, installment of higher versions of Internet browsers, et al.

Continuous communication

The established co-operation between the library and the above mentioned associations shall continue and discuss and create up-to-date services within the possibilities of the library.

Dr. Marie Nádvorníková, library director
Olomouc 29th March 2001


11. Budget details

Summary of final financial expenditure according to approved budget outline follows.

The library obtained on Dec. l, 2000 (date of credit on account) from the foundation in the amount of 2.400,00 USD Equipment and capital purchases:

  • 2 workstations with software for people with a handicaped of sight and 4.072,99 USD including accessories (printer, scanner Umax etc.), CD-player and headset
  • furniture (tables, chairs etc.) 1.152,50 USD

Total expenditure 5.225,49 USD

From OSI foundation means 2.400,00 USD

From the library means 2.825,49 USD

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