Accessible Technology in Public Libraries
Public library staff can call us at 888-502-3017 to check out the Accessible Technology (AT) kits. There are two types of kit, one with items for adults and one with items more of interest to kids. Each kit contains low- and high-tech devices that you can demonstrate to patrons. When they arrive, their padlock code will be 7-5-3. Be sure to check out the toolkit wiki for item lists and a webinar!
Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) supplied a suite of assistive technology devices to every public library system in the state. Each system was offered one desktop MagniLinkS video magnifier, two Mobilux Digital Touch portable magnifying devices, one MagniLink Voice “reading machine” and an accessible computer keyboard for each branch in the system. Instructional videos are in a GLASS YouTube playlist. To make in-branch advertising easier, we’ve created an accessible technology flyer that you can use.
You are welcome to download, print and email our GLASS flyers. If you need print copies of the flyer, contact us. We also made a sample ADA compliance letter you can fill in and post as a reference to your patrons and a reminder to staff.
GLASS-L is an e-mail mailing list for updates on activities at GLASS and for news related to accessible library services. All interested Georgia public library staff members are welcome to subscribe.
GLASS Presentations and Webinars
View and download past presentations from GLASS and the speakers from the Georgia Accessibility Conference. Georgia library staff can find several short webinars covering GLASS on the GPLS Learning Center. Anyone can view short, informative GLASS and accessibility videos on the GLASS YouTube channel.
This document is a handy guide for librarians who wish to discover other services offered by GLASS. It also is a good document to discuss with frontline staff in order to make sure they know what they can offer patrons.
This page lists several providers of sign language interpretation in Georgia. Also listed are companies providing captioning for live and recorded videos.
Audio Described DVDs
The Audio Description Project lists DVD and Blu-Ray releases that are audio described. They also list TV shows with audio description as well as giving instructions on how to turn it on and off.
GLASS and PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) are now working together to provide eligible PINES materials to GLASS patrons via mail using this program. Patrons can receive PINES library cards and receive home delivery for items not traditionally provided by GLASS. The PINES/GLASS Partnership Application is for libraries participating in the GLASS/PINES partnership, and you can watch how to set up a GLASS patron profile in Evergreen.
Public libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, schools for the blind, public and private schools, and college university disability centers may borrow equipment and reading materials for use by eligible patrons in either a group setting or for individual use. The machines may also be used to demonstrate the devices to eligible patrons who may fill out an Individual Application to receive service.
GLASS Atlanta provides patron services to all parts of the state except for those covered by the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services (SWGLAS). SWGLAS provides both patron service and outreach within their service area. Staff from Athens Regional Library System and Augusta-Richmond County Library System provide outreach services within the service areas shown on this map. Staff from the GLASS regional library office are available to provide library staff training and outreach for all other areas of the state. For contact information for the outreach provider and a list of counties served by each, download the Service Areas for GLASS document. We’re happy to schedule staff training, participate in community events or speak to your group.
NEWSLINE allows subscribers access to an array of news resources, including audio versions of local, national, and international newspapers, over 40 magazines, local emergency weather reports, job listings, and up to two weeks of TV listings in advance. This resource is free for anyone who can’t read conventional newsprint due to vision loss, dyslexia, or a physical disability. Subscribers have multiple access options, including: calling using a touch-tone telephone, receiving emailed files to listen to on their talking books machine, or by using the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile app for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Respectful Patron Service
The Library Accessibility Tipsheets from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is a list, sorted by disability, of advice sheets on how to serve patrons with disabilities. For appropriate language advice there is the NCDJ style guide, created by the National Center on Disability and Journalism. Syracuse University’s Disability Cultural Center’s guide adds euphemisms, discusses reclaiming terms, and gives a few “why’s” regarding language.
GLASS Button For Your Web Page
We encourage librarians to link to GLASS as a resource for your patrons. The following image can be used as a button on the webpage for your library. If you need a print or higher definition version for other media or on promotional materials, please contact us.