Case studies

Libraries and community organisations across Australia are working with their multicultural communities to promote literacy, digital inclusion, cultural maintenance, and community participation. Find out what others are doing, make connections – and submit your own program as a case study!

Global Accessible Library


Vision Australia



Project description and objectives

Vision Australia is working to build partnerships with DAISY libraries overseas in order to develop a high-quality collection of audio materials for print disabled community-language readers in Australia. With an increasing number of audio libraries around the world embracing the DAISY standard, further expansion of these services can benefit whole communities, and public library services will be able to provide these materials to their clients.

In 2000 an open source software development gave print disability organisations and libraries around the world the ability to exchange titles through a standardised audio format. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) provides a digital quality audio file that allows the reader to skip forward or back and remembers the page they last read. DAISY books are self-described as the better way to read and the standard is diverse enough to be adopted in 55 countries internationally.


By using this uniform audio standard, print disabled libraries are able to share resources and expand the number of titles available through decreasing the likelihood of duplication by organisations. The Global Accessible Library is one such project, which is also seeking to work with various partners to increase the number of titles available in each country.



Technology used

Digital Accessible Information System - DAISY


Launch of Thai collection (10/11/10) –VA & SBS radio, web, email newsletter promotion




An extension of languages that we can offer print disabled clients in Australia.

Contact Name

Deborah Mould, Stuart Clifford


Collection Services Manager and LOTE Librarian


1300 654 656

Useful tips

Copyright continually needs to be addressed, as changing regulations in various countries can affect whether non-commercial materials (such as books for the print disabled) can be sent out of the country.