Share the Vision
You may or may not be aware of an organisation called Share the Vision? They are coalition of UK library organisations who all work together to improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of library services for people with a visual or print impairment. Share the Vision partners include the British Library, Calibre, ClearVision, Libraries Connected, and RNIB amongst others; and whilst the charity predominantly focuses on public libraries, they do cover the wider sector.
They undertake a wide range of activities and provide resources for people working in libraries, these include:
- A ‘one stop shop’ website – www.readingsight.org.uk, which includes lots of general information, a set of guidelines, and a recently launched digital resource pack (available in accessible formats and Welsh language too).
- A regular newsletter, featuring relevant news and developments around accessible reading and libraries.
- Training and an online discussion board.
And all this is FREE to access!
Share the Vision also organises HiVis fortnight, which runs 1-14 June each year. Basically, it’s our annual celebration of accessible libraries and reading. It is a great opportunity to highlight the work that libraries do, and the services they offer (again, all for free) to library users with visual impairments. You can follow it all on Twitter @ReadingSight / #HiVis2023.
There is always a lot going on in your local library, so please visit and find out what they can do for you!