National library offering new service for visually impaired users
Jul 30, 2018LegalComments Off on National library offering new service for visually impaired users
Taipei, National Taiwan Library (NTL) has launched a special online service for visually impaired users, according to a statement issued Monday by the Ministry of Education.
The Visual Impairment Information System includes a catalogue, resources for browsing and downloading, a personal interface, and links to other resources for the visually impaired, the ministry said.
The online service will supplement NTL's onsite library resources for visually impaired readers such as Braille books, e-books and audio books, the ministry said.
As part of NTL's promotion of the new service, it is offering prizes to the top five visually impaired readers who borrow the most books during the period July 1 to Sept. 30 and share their thoughts about them, according to the education ministry.
The service was launched in collaboration with the National Library of Public Information, Taipei Public Library and Kaohsiung Public Library, the ministry said.
In 2011, under the People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act, the NTL was designated as an ad-hoc library for the visually impaired and mandated to collect, integrate and archive relevant resources.
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The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel