Libraries for an inclusive society
EIFL is an organizing partner for an international conference of the Lithuanian Library for the Blind

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Event Date: 24 Oct 2016 - 25 Oct 2016
Vilnius, Lithuania

The Lithuanian Library for the Blind, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary and to mark Library Year in Lithuania, is organizing an international conference Libraries for an inclusive society on 24-25 October 2016 in Vilnius.

The goal of the conference is to encourage a dialogue to realize the full potential of people with disabilities to participate in social, cultural and economic life by developing inclusive library services both at national level and across country borders. Public, academic and special librarians, policy-makers, researchers and professionals at institutions serving people with disabilities are invited to attend.

The first day is a plenary with thematic sessions on 'Reaching out: successful practices of inclusive services in libraries' and 'Strengthening library capacity to develop inclusive services'

The second day focuses on 'Copyright solutions for inclusive library services', and features the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will give a welcome address on the second day.

The Marrakesh Treaty entered into force on 30th September 2016. EIFL blog 'The ‘miracle of Marrakesh’ – a day of celebration in English and Lithuanian. Read The Marrakesh Treaty: an EIFL Guide for Libraries in Lithuanian.

The conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Council for Culture, and Library Year 2016.

The conference partners are EIFL and the Latvian Library Association. EIFL is advising on the programme development.

The conference languages are Lithuanian and English. The conference website is here.