New Technologies – New Possibilities. A Case of Electronic Publications Management Information System (ELVIS)

Agnė Bankauskaitė, Fausta Brasaitė, Monika Parėdnytė

Abstract


Accessibility of information and reducing social exclusion of visual impaired people is a global problem nowadays. Digital libraries and information systems including global initiatives like TIGAR are the priority today to diminish the information gap experienced by visually impaired users. Lithuanian Library for the Blind is a unique institution serving visually impaired people in Lithuania developing and implementing ELVIS – Electronic Publications Management Information System. The main purpose of ELVIS is to centralize, organize, process, analyse, display, and provide audio books, audio magazines, and books in DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format, texts in print, and other electronic publications. The main tasks of the paper are to reflect on the experience of developing ELVIS system for the blind and visually impaired users and to reveal its advantages and ways for further improvement based on the findings of the research of information needs of ELVIS users.

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