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Value chain analysis of information services for visually impaired people: a case study of contemporary technological solutions

Tak Yee Cheung (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Zengyu Ye (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Dickson K.W. Chiu (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 19 October 2020

Issue publication date: 21 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

People with visual impairment comprise the second high disability population in Hong Kong, but only two existing information centers provide information services for visually impaired people, which is inadequate. Therefore, this study aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the information services for visually impaired people in Hong Kong.

Design/methodology/approach

People with visual impairment comprise the second high disability population in Hong Kong, but only two existing information centers provide information services for visually impaired people, which is inadequate. Therefore, this study aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the information services for visually impaired people in Hong Kong.

Findings

IAC's main problems include limited collection, inconsistent multiple digital platforms for user access, limited service hours and limited promotion. Some technological suggestions were proposed, which include: expanding its electronic and special collections, establishing a one-stop digital platform, AI-based chatbot for automated caring chats and reference services, and extending its social network marketing.

Originality/value

Scant studies focus on the information services and management of special libraries for visually impaired people, especially in East Asia. On the other hand, there are limited case studies analyzing libraries with value-chain analysis.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund KE-IP-2018/19-36

Citation

Cheung, T.Y., Ye, Z. and Chiu, D.K.W. (2021), "Value chain analysis of information services for visually impaired people: a case study of contemporary technological solutions", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 625-642. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-08-2020-0185

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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