Documents for Visually Impaired Users in the Light of Library and Information Science


  • Jiří Tomáš Stodola Masaryk university, Brno, Czech Republic


users with visual disabilities, documents, information, information system, paradigms of information science, bibliographic universe, functional requirements for bibliographic records


The article aims to show that the classical document paradigm in information science has the greatest potential to grasp the issues related to the providing information to persons with visual disabilities and it aims to check whether the FRBR study is usable in this area. The article is divided into two parts. In the first part, the paradigmatic turns in information science are briefly presented and there is examined their impact on the issues connected with users with visual disabilities. The second part briefly describes the structure of the bibliographic universe and there is examined how it is possible to create a model of documents for users with visual impairment and of associated processes. The model of the bibliographic universe is applied to the situation of the really existing documents for visually impaired users. Methodologically, the article is based on the information system analysis. There is used an entity-relationship approach to a model of the bibliographic universe.

Author Biography

Jiří Tomáš Stodola, Masaryk university, Brno, Czech Republic

Masaryk University, Support Centre for Students with Special Needs




How to Cite

J. T. Stodola, “Documents for Visually Impaired Users in the Light of Library and Information Science”, J. inf. organ. sci. (Online), vol. 36, no. 2, Dec. 2012.