Resources for Librarians

Webinar Tutorials

Using the Learning Center on Niche Academy, Georgia library staff can find several short webinars covering GLS on the GPLS Learning Center.

Accessible Technology in Public Libraries

The GLS assistive technology (AT) toolkits for library staff are being updated and will be available again soon.

A free screen reader for your patrons is NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). They have guides on their page, and we like the organization of this list of common quick keys.

GLS Marketing Materials

Download a PDF of the GLS informational brochure to print or share via email or submit a request for printed copies of the GLS brochure.

GLS-L Mailing List

GLS-L is an e-mail mailing list for updates on activities at GLS and for news related to accessible library services. All interested Georgia public library staff members are welcome to subscribe.

Accessibility Tipsheet

Make sure your library’s message is accessible to blind and print disabled patrons: Download a PDF of best practices for accessibility in communications.

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. GLS patrons can check out audio described DVDs and Blu-Rays through the mail.

GLS PINES Patron Profile

For GLS PINES patron setup, please call 1-800-248-6701 for assistance.

NFB-NEWSLINE®

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

For a discussion of best practices for serving library patrons with disabilities, read Lorelei Rutledge’s article, “Working With Patrons With Disabilities: How Do I Get Started?” 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 “whys” regarding language.