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An Evaluation of the American Models of Public Library Service for Disabled Users for Poland An Evaluation of the American Models of Public Library Service for Disabled Users for Poland

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Author(s): Malgorzata Fedorowicz

Journal: Türk Kütüphaneciliği / Turkish Librarianship
ISSN 1300-0039

Volume: 21;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Library services | public libraries | public library services | Poland | disabled library users

ABSTRACT
The service of disabled people is an extremely important segment of public libraries activity. In the United States, Canada and Scandinavian countries a great importance is attached to expanding library offer by adding services aimed to this category of users. In this work three American models of library service in public libraries are discussed. The models are: delivering library services outside a library, in other words, an outreach program, rendering services in special needs centers and integrated service, which is provided in the same place and in the same way as for the remaining members of the community (it is also called mainstreaming). Next, the models are compared with actions taken in this field in Polish libraries, which after many years of isolation from the latest trends currently are trying to overtake backlogs.

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