Making library services accessible for all : September 16, 2022


Making library services accessible for all : September 16, 2022

By Ms. Christiane Felsmann, Head of Library Departmentt – Services – Communication, at the German Center for Accessible Reading in Leipzig.

Co-organized with Goethe-Institut Hongkong

Date: 16 September 2022 (Friday)
Time: 18:30–20:00 HKT
Venue: Online via Zoom
No. of participants: 75
Language: In English

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The Marrakesh Treaty is an international agreement administrated by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Its main goal is to facilitate and enhance access to copyright works in accessible formats for persons with print disability. Starting on 5 May 2022, the Marrakesh Treaty is also officially applied to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As the main body to convey knowledge to the general public, how accessible are the libraries in Hong Kong? What can we learn from other countries, such as Germany, that have more experience in this area? On 16 September, Christiane Felsmann, the head of Library Department – Services – Communication at the German Center for Accessible Reading in Leipzig, will share with us her experience in promoting accessible reading and some of the best practices from Germany and Europe.

Ms. Christiane Felsmann

As a cultural scientist, Christiane Felsmann is particularly interested in leading the library services, services as well as sales and the team of communication at the German Center for Accessible Reading. In the meantime, she has almost twenty years of experience in the areas of inclusive reading concepts, cultural participation and communication.  She has started to join the section of “Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities” of IFLA in 2017.  In 2018 Foundation of the Working Group on Accessibility in Libraries, she worked together with Anne Sieberns (German Institute for Human Rights) to raise awareness and educate librarians on the topics of inclusion and accessibility in libraries.  Webinars have been held regularly since February 2021.  She has become a member of the Commission for Customer-Oriented and Inclusive Library Services of the German Library Association since June 2021.  She is a board member of the association “Friends of Barrier-Free Reading”.