The IFLA Libraries for People with Special Needs Section held a hybrid mid-term meeting on 18th March and will exchange ideas with librarians from Thailand in an international seminar from 19 to 23 March, 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Mon, 18 March

Visits to the Architecture Library of Chulalongkorn University and to the Bangkok Corrections Museum
Visit to the Goethe-Institut Thailand and the library

06 – 07 pm
IFLA LSN Midterm-Meeting

(hybrid, invitation links have been e-mailed to section members)

Tues, 19 March
Seminars at the Goethe-Institut Thailand on accessibility and on prison libraries
Welcome coffee and tea
09:10 am – 09:15 am
Welcome Note
(John Hossfeld, Director of Goethe-Institut, and Samira Zahra, IFLA LSN Officer)
09:15 am – 09:35 am
History and Work of the Thailand Library Association
(Dr. Tassana Hanpol, President of the Thailand Library Association)
09:35 am – 09:55 am
IFLA Guidelines on Accessibility
(Misako Nomura, IFLA Regional Division Committee for Asia and Oceania)
09:55 am – 10:15 am
The National Library of Thailand to ensure equitable and inclusive access to library resources and services
(Nawarat Panyangam, Director of the National Library of Thailand)
10:15 am – 10:35 am
Sustainability in Library Buildings: Creating an Inclusive Environment
(Dr. Mohd Faizal Hamzah, Universiti Malaya)
10:35 am – 10:50 am
Accessible and inclusive library services: trends and practices in Phillippine public libraries
(Dolores Carungui, National Library of the Philippines)
10:50 am – 11:00 am
On the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy
(Aiko Akiyama, UNESCAP)

11:30 -amĀ  12:00 pm
Global Perspectives for Prison Libraries
(Lisa Krolak, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning ; Gerhard Peschers, German Agency for Prison Libraries ; Jane Garner, Charles Sturt University, Australia)
12:00 pm – 13:00 pm
The Life-Changing Library in Thai Prisons
(Nathee Chitsawang, Thailand Institute of Justice ; Archaree Srisunakhua, Director of Central Women Prison Bangkok)

Visit of the Central Women Prison of Bangkok

Wed, 20 March
Visits to the Nakhon Pathom Central Prison Library and to the Bangkok City Library

Thurs, 21 March
Visit of Pattaya Prison
Meeting with the German Embassy


In cooperation with
Thai Library Assocication and Goethe-Institut Thailand

Registration required
Full program and registration: [email protected]