Library staff across Georgia can rely on resources from GLS to assist them in providing accessible services, programs, and materials to their patrons.
GLS-L is an e-mail 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.
Assistive Technology Kit
Request to borrow an Assistive Technology kit (coming soon)
Make sure your library’s message is accessible to blind and print disabled patrons: Download a PDF of best practices for accessibility in communications from the GLS Marketing Toolkit.
Audio Described DVDs
The Audio Description Project maintains a database of video titles (DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming) that are audio described . You can also search for TV shows with audio description. Instructions are also available for turning audio description on and off. GLS patrons can request and borrow audio described DVDs and Blu-Rays owned by Georgia’s PINES libraries.
Respectful Patron Service
Get familiar with the Courtesy Rules of Blindness from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
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.
Download and install this free accessibility software for your blind and print disabled patrons.