The important role libraries play in facilitating access to digital culture for vulnerable end users, primarily for Persons with Disabilities
The role of national and public libraries was identified as a support by interviewees representing all vulnerable groups, albeit primarily participants who represent Persons with Disabilities.
Libraries can practically facilitate access to digital cultural content for those who do not otherwise have access by providing access to the internet or to digital devices. Libraries can also act as a legal support to digital cultural access due to their capacity to implement copyright exceptions for the benefit of Persons with Disabilities.
Additional Material: Deliverable 2.2 Interim Report on Barriers Experienced by Vulnerable Groups – Initial results showing divergences between vulnerable groups, available at: https://zenodo.org/record/5067718#.YpTJCC8QPJO.
This result is not discussed in D2.2 itself but emerged with further analysis of the dataset, and will be discussed in our final report (D2.4) which is forthcoming.
However, our data also reveals a sentiment among participants that libraries could do more to help overcome the inequalities that persist in access to digital culture for Persons with Disabilities.