TECH.LIBRARY has ended after more than two years. The project consortium consisting of cultural institutions from 6 countries – Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and Romania – collaborated to develop digital technologies and online tools as key factors to promote improved library services for visually impaired users.
Funded by the Erasmus + Programme, the project will have a long-term impact on the professional development of staff in libraries and other cultural institutions in ICT methodologies, improving their key competences and encouraging much greater inclusion by developing key services dedicated to blind users and visually impaired around the world.
Digital technologies and online tools are key factors in promoting improved library services for visually impaired users. For this reason, the project’s activities resulted in 3 products: the TECH.LIBRARY web platform, videos presenting technologies for visually impaired people and a handbook with best practice recommendations, developed in the partner languages and also in English.
The National Library of Romania publicly presented the results of the project during the National Conference of Cultural Managers, which took place on 17 November 2022, at its headquarters. During the event, specialists from libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural organizations have attended the presentations and discussions about the resources available on the TECH.LIBRARY web platform, which provide them with useful information to improve the digital skills of their staff who interact directly with blind and visually impaired people.