Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Assistive Technologies in the Library
Mates, Barbara T. with contributions by William R. Reed IV. Assistive Technologies in the Library. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 027.663 MatesA ISBN 978-0-8389-1070-2 There are plenty of products out there for making information accessible to all users, but how can administrators and managers determine which are the most practical and economical for their particular library? Mates, former director of the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, strips away the technical jargon and introduces dozens of the latest options, including hardware, software, and peripherals. This guide will help readers · Choose the products that are best for their organization, with the help of the evaluative commentary, lists of suppliers, and additional resources included · Set up work stations and train staff on how to use assistive-technology such as screen readers, Braille displays, keyboard options, listening devices, and more · Meet compliance with regulatory agencies while benefiting every member of the community This sensitively written and practical guidebook will be an indispensable resource for ensuring that a library's offerings are accessible to everyone.