Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia

by Gyda Skat Nielsen and Birgitta Irvall

Series: IFLA Professional Reports 70

NOTE: 2nd Revised & extended edition now available

Within the last ten years there has in many countries been an increasing interest in dyslexia – or specific learning difficulties – not only among scientists and other prof essionals, but also in the general society.

Although some people with reading and writing difficulties stillhesitate to reveal their disability, many now openly discuss the problems they encounter in a world full of letters. This openness has created a deeper understanding ofdyslexia and the problems related to this invisible disability that affects about 8% of the world’s population.

At the 1997 IFLA Conference in Copenhagen a workshop "Access to Information: Serving Persons with Dyslexia" was arranged by the IFLA Section of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons (LSDP), the Danish Professional Group of Outreach Library Service, and the European Dyslexia Association (EDA). The workshop was complemented by a poster session on dyslexia.

At the 1999 IFLA Conference in Bangkok, LSDP and EDA likewise presented a poster session on dyslexia: ”Dyslexia is everywhere. What does your library do?”

The great interest shown and the many questions asked during these conferences clearly demonstratesan increasing interest in dyslexia among librarians from all over the world, as well as a desire to learn what librarians can do to serve this large group of disabled persons. The Section of Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons wants to continue and expand on the 1997 and 1999 initiatives with these ”Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia.”

The information contained in this document could also, to a certain degree, be helpful for libraries serving other groups with reading difficulties. The LSDP Section hopes that these Guidelines will inspire libraries to help dyslexic people in accessing inform ation and culture on equal terms with the rest of society.

Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia
By Gyda Skat Nielsen and Birgitta Irvall
The Hague: IFLA Headquarters, 2001
37 p. 30 cm. – (IFLA Professional Reports 70)
ISBN-13 978 - 90-70916-82-7

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