Investigation of the Current Situation and Problems of Libraries and Information Service Institutions for Visually Impaired Person in Thailand


  • Jirawan Sriwong Library Science Major, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University
  • Atichart Harncharnchai Department of Knowledge Management, College of Arts, Media, and Technology, Chiang Mai University
  • Pranee Asvapoositkul Library Science Major, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University


Visually impaired person, Libraries and information service institutions, Collaborative network, Organizational problems and requirements


     With increasing concern over the difficulties in accessing information resources of people with visual impairment, several research studies suggested putting more efforts into the collaboration issue and models locally and globally. However, this seems to be in the embryonic stage in Thailand caused of several obstacles. This study aims to investigate the existing context related to various aspects of service operations for the blind. Exploratory research was used to collect data from 15 libraries and information service institutions in Thailand using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Descriptive statistics and content analysis were data analysis tools. Findings of the research showed there were five major areas of organizational problems and requirements. The study also attempts to propose a guideline for collaborative network initiatives based on the requirements.


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