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Crane Memorial Library Joins Disability Resource Centre

Editor's Note: We recently received the following press release from Ruth Warick, Director, Disability Resource Center, University of British Columbia. Paul Thiele, Director, Crane Resource Centre, informs us that the change in administrative structure is positive and constructive. We thought you would like to know about any changes affecting programs for the blind. Here is the press release in its entirety.

In a move that will enhance services for students, faculty and staff, UBC's Crane Memorial Library, a branch of the UBC Library since 1969, will become the Crane Resource Centre, a unit within the Disability Resource Centre in Student Services, on July 1, 1995.

his move follows recommendations from two extensive reports on Crane and our services to persons with disabilities, said Maria Klawe, vice-president, Student and Academic Services. It recognizes that Crane's role has changed over the years from building a library collection of materials in alternate formats to offering direct support to clients who require alternatives to print as well as technical support in order to access information.

Linking Crane's mandate and resources with the DRC confirms UBC's commitment to deliver centrally required services from the Disability Resource Centre, Klawe added.

Paul Thiele, director of Crane, welcomed the move. Crane has benefited from 25 years of growth and development with the UBC Library but it is appropriate that it be linked with the Disability Resource Centre given our mutual roles in providing services to persons with disabilities.

He emphasized that a central part of Crane's mandate will continue to be the production of books and documents in alternate media for UBC and external users who are blind, visually or print impaired. The move will allow Crane to transfer its collection from UBC Library's general catalogues onto a separate catalogue, accessible through the UBC Library. This will alleviate the confusion of materials restricted for specialized use due to copyright and braille-reading skills, from being documented in a general catalogue, Thiele said.

We welcome Crane into the Disability Resource Centre and look forward to working even more closely together, said Ruth Warick, director of the Disability Resource Centre. We will have even greater opportunities to develop and implement programs to make the University fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Charles Crane Memorial Library 1874 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Tel: (604)822-6111 Fax: (604)822-6113 Recording Centre: (604) 822-6114 E-mail: crane.library @ ENVOY: CRANE Contacts: Paul Thiele, Director Ruth Warick, Director Crane Resource Centre/Disability Resource Centre: 822-6111/822-4677

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