Oslo IFLA pre-conference on reading

August 7th – 9th  2010


IFLA satellite conference on Reading for all – a question of equal access, active inclusion and advocacy for a global library, securing the right for all to access knowledge and information and to active participation. On libraries as driving forces to promote reading for all, based on:

  • The P3 resolution, sustained by IFLA
  • The European eInclusion initiative
  • The WSIS goal of bridging the digital divide
  • The UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Sponsoring IFLA sections:

  • Library Services to People with Special Needs
  • Libraries Serving People with Print Disabilities
  • Literacy and Reading Sections


  • The International DAISY Consortium
  • The International Network for Easy to Read

We thank the Norwegian National Library and the Norwegian Library for Talking Books and Braille for fundings and generous support!

Final program (135 kB)

Presenters (216 kB)

Saturday 7th August

Theme:  WHY? … AND WHO?

  • about the right to read, the libraries' role as a tool for democracy building
  • the need to identify marginalized groups to tailor the library services – and the need to implement universal design as a strategy to include all in the general services offered

Georgiana Keable – storyteller (193 kB)

Key note speech 1
"Licence to read" – IFLAs role in advocacy for building a global library. Harald von Hielmcrone, IFLA Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) (145 kB)

Key note speech 2
"Reading for all?"  Honor Wilson-Fletcher was Director of the National Year of Reading in England in 2008  (496 kB)

Reading Seeds – a Norwegian approach (1.3 MB)
Cooperation between libraries and kindergartens to increase the joy of reading. Eva Haga Rogneflåten, senior adviser at The Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority

Dyslexia among youths How libraries can support young dyslectics in Denmark. Simon Moe, NOTA – the Danish Library for Talking Books and Braille (1.3 MB)

Vergilius The implementation of the pilot-project Vergilius for the blind and visually impaired at the National and University Library in Zagreb.
Dunja Marija Gabriel, the National Library of Croatia and Head of Section for Library Services to Persons with Special Needs and Disabilities, Croatian Library Association, CLA (277 kB)

An inspiring activity for developmentally disabled adults – The Public Library of Ersboda, Sweden. Monica Strandberg Johansson and Åsa Lindgren

What is the use of a book without conversation? (2 MB)
Reading groups for print disabled, a UK experience. Sheelagh Gallagher, reading Development Officer, Arnold Library, Nick Coe, Hampshire County Library Service, and Helen Brazier, RNIB

Sunday 8th August

Theme: HOW? .. AND WHERE?

  • the possibilities that technology brings, and the divides they may create
  • building digital competence
  • reading is a manifold thing, from web-based reading, audio books, to Braille and tactile books
  • the accessible library
  • the library services brought to the patron, prison libraries and outreach services, but also information technology as a communication tool


What is DAISY fulltext – by  Paal Hals,  senior advisor from The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille  (2.5 MB)

Why is DAISY-fulltext valuable for people with reading disabilities – by Miriam Nes Begnum from MediaLT, a firm working to create better technological solutions for disabled users to improve access to computers and information  (450 kB)

User testimony – by Mai Linn Holdt – Presentation about the use and advantages  of DAISY books in daily life, both for leisure reading and for text books reading (382 kB)

LG Sangnam Library – ubiquitous technologies in mobile DAISY services for the print disabled. Kyung-Jae Bae, LG Sangnam Library, South Korea

DAISY makes you laugh! Daisy surprises you! Daisy makes you shiver! Daisy brings tears to your eyes! An audiobook speaks for itself! Daisy promotion campaign for elderly – Flanders, Belgium – 2009. Saskia Boets, Luisterpuntbibliotheek, Belgium (927 kB)  Paper  (123 kB) Brochure  (215 kB)

How to adapt literature to grown readers with different reading disabilities A presentation of the way the Norwegian "Books for everyone" works to promote reading. Anne Marit Godal and Tine Solvang, "Books for everyone" (335 kB)

Supporting Information Access for Deaf-Blind People at the Osaka Prefectural Central Library. Mr. Masayuki Sugita, Osaka

How can cultural activities and arts become a part of hospital treatment for children and young people? Librarian Karin Graube and play therapist Victoria Klaiber, BUS-biblioteket (the BUS-library) a hospital library for children and young people and their relatives at The Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital in Gothenburg. (4.6 MB)

Monday 9th August

Visit to Torshov Public Library in Oslo – "The accessible library". Departure from the conference hotel 9.00 by public transport. Guided visit by Accessibility consultant Hege Finnset Eidsæter 9.30 – 10.30 (Read about the Accessible Library)

Travel to Gothenburg, with visit to Halden prison library. For registered participants only. Departure from conference hotel 11.00 am, arrival Gothenburg 5.30 pm. (Read also presentation on Time.com)