May 23, 2022

Presentations From: The Homeless and the Libraries – The Right to Information and Knowledge For All

The following presentations are from a satellite program (IFLA 2012) that took place on August 10, 2012 at the Tallinn Central Library; Tallinn, Estonia.

It was sponsored by the Talllinn Library and IFLA’s Library Services to People with Special Needs Section.

Presentations were recently made available on the IFLA web site.


Speaker–Ms. Angie Kelleher
Not Just a Place to Sleep:  Homeless Perspectives on Libraries in Central Michigan

Speaker Info:
Angie Kelleher is an Associate Professor and Access Services Librarian at Alma College.  She holds a Master of Social Work degree, along with her MLIS degree.

Speaker–Ms. Violet China Radiporo
The Homeless and the Libraries-the Right to Information and Knowledge for All

Ms. Violet China Radiporo, University of Botswana Library, P/Bag 00390 Gaborone, Botswana

Speaker–Francoise Gaudet
What Kind of Services Supply to the Homeless Community?

Speaker Info:
Head of the Department of Studies and Research, Bibliothèque publique d’information

Speaker–Dr. Vivekanand Jain
Empowering the Poor with Right to Information and Library Services

Dr. Vivekanand Jain, Deputy Librarian, Banaras Hindu University, Central Library, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Joint Author:
Dr. Sanjiv Saraf, Deputy Librarian, Central Library, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Speaker–Ms. Sanja Bunić
Libraries and the Homeless: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities

Sanja Bunić, Zagreb City Libraries, Starčevićev trg 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Speaker–Ms. Suzanne Bernsmann
Lowering the Threshold to Libraries with Social Media

Suzanne Bernsmann, Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Project Manager
Fasanenstr. 3, D-10623 Berlin

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.