The collection of books of the National Library for the visually impaired “still limited”: Association – Books


News Office (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta ●
Thursday, September 19, 2019

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Thousands of Braille books and audiobooks can be found at the National Library of Indonesia in central Jakarta.

Neatly stacked on shelves, the books are part of the library’s elderly and disabled ward, which also houses a special space for wheelchairs, audiobook reading tools, and special computers for visually impaired visitors. The computer allows them to enlarge the images of a book using a scanner and is also equipped with a screen reader application made in Sweden.

According to Disability Service staff member Arum Nugrahanti, the library offers up to 3,276 Braille books and 462 audiobooks, ranging from fiction to non-fiction, biographies, religion and books. general knowledge.

Among the collection of fiction books are the books of Pidi Baiq Dilan and Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer – both were adapted for cinema.

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As quoted by On Thursday, Arum said most visitors with disabilities chose to read audiobooks, however, many enjoyed the Braille books as well.

The Seven Harry Potter novels, for example, said Arum, are among the library’s most popular collections. “There are many Braille books available for the seven Harry Potter novels,” she said.

Visitors with disabilities usually arrive at the library in groups, jumping into a special vehicle such as Transjakarta cares – a free service from Transjakarta for disabled people to Jakarta which can be booked one day before departure through call center 1500102.

However, regarding library service, Furqon Hidayat, member and former secretary general of the Indonesian Association of the Visually Impaired (Pertuni), said the availability of Braille books and audiobooks was still quite limited.

The screen reader app also sometimes has difficulty reading the online reading material that they themselves have brought.

Many people with disabilities also live far from the library and therefore find it difficult to access the service, Furqon said. (kes)


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