Sacramento Public Library

Hearing eBooks Pilot

8/29/2012
Sacramento Public Library is conducting a pilot project to test the usability of devices that provide eBook text-to-speech functionality for people who are blind or others requiring accessibility features unavailable in accessible formats already loaned by the Library.
 
The pilot project is made possible by a matching grant from the California State Library and is titled Hearing eBooks.

The Library will test iPod Touch devices with a pre-selected group registered with the California State Library Braille and Talking Book Program during fall 2012, then assess and refine service requirements. In mid-February 2013 the Library will deploy 18 devices for use by Sacramento Public Library patrons who are blind or others requiring accessibility features unavailable in accessible formats already loaned by the Library. More information about the requirements of the Hearing eBooks project is available on the Library website.

The Library has thousands of fully or semi accessible formats in its collection, including large print, recorded books downloadable from Overdrive, pre-loaded Playaways for listening, and pre-loaded Nook Touch eReaders. They are searchable from the Library’s online catalog by the title accessible text to speech device.

Information for libraries interested in starting your own eReader project: 

 
Lending Agreement for patrons

Contents of Accessible eReader Kit
  • iPod Touch
  • Plastic Case
  • USB Cable and Power Adapater
  • Braille Instructions
  • Print Instructions
  • Small Carrying Bag
  • Large Zipper Bag


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