Library Trends 55 (4) Spring 2007: Library and Information Services for Visually Impaired People


Library Trends 55 (4) Spring 2007: Library and Information Services for Visually Impaired People. Edited by Helen Brazier and David Owen.

Our intention in devising this issue was to demonstrate the variety of national models for the governance and organization of services for visually impaired people. We wished to provide a broad as possible international perspective ranging from the highly structured and coordinated United States model to the situation in underdeveloped countries in Africa and elsewhere in the world. We wanted to explore the challenges and opportunities that these libraries face in the digital age. We were keen to demonstrate how these library services have to face the same issues as mainstream libraries throughout the world, such as copyright restrictions and metadata standards, but need to address the special needs of their users as well. We believe it is important to demonstrate the extent of effective international cooperation in this field of library and information services. It was crucial that this not be a British dominated issue but rather provide a range of expertise and experience from contributors around the world. Lastly, we were determined that we should provide an opportunity for readers to learn of the insights and experiences of the most important people of all—the users of these library services.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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