Enhancing Museum Accessibility for the Visually Impaired: A Comprehensive Bibliography

In an effort to explore the needs of visually impaired individuals in the museum context, the “Balkan Museum Network” has spearheaded the introductory step of the International Project SHIFT.
Thanks to Aida Šarac Berbić a bibliography that delves into published works focusing on the integration of digital technologies to enhance accessibility to museums and their contents for the visually impaired population is available.

This Bibliography stems from a rigorous Systematic Review that scrutinized 158 articles spanning the years 2000 to 2023. To ensure a comprehensive exploration, three authoritative databases – Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, and ERIC – were utilized for an exhaustive search and selection process. The chosen articles, each accompanied by an abstract, illuminate a remarkable surge of interest among museums over the past 23 years in including visually impaired individuals. Concurrently, there is a noticeable uptick in the adoption of digital technologies within the museum context to facilitate this inclusion.

Encompassing a diverse range of sources, the Bibliography includes scientific articles, reports from international organizations, Ph.D. dissertations, master’s theses, book chapters, and proceedings from international conferences. Presented in the Modern Language Association (MLA) format, the Bibliography is thoughtfully organized in alphabetical order, with book titles and journal names appropriately italicized. Every entry in the Bibliography is easily accessible online through a simple search on any web browser, making it a valuable and user-friendly resource for researchers, practitioners, and anyone interested in the intersection of accessibility, technology, and the museum experience.

As museums increasingly recognize the importance of inclusivity, this Bibliography serves as a comprehensive guide, shedding light on the evolving landscape of digital technologies employed for the benefit of visually impaired individuals in museum settings.

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