Library staff across Georgia can rely on resources from GLS to assist them in providing accessible services, programs, and materials to their patrons.
Join the GLS-L Mailing List
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.
Use the GLS Marketing Toolkit
A repository of accessibility tips, talking points, photos, social media graphics, and sample messages you can use in your library’s promotions.
Assistive Technology Kit
Request to borrow an Assistive Technology kit (coming soon)
Learn about GLS equipment and services
Learn about GLS equipment and services from our collection of recorded tutorials and instructional videos
Request GLS printed promotional materials
Request GLS printed promotional materials using the GPLS Marketing Materials Request Form
Library Accessibility Resource List
Access free publications and trainings on library accessibility topics from this resource list, compiled and maintained by GLS staff.
View the GLS Library Accessibility Resource List
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
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.
NVDA: Free screen reader software
Download and install this free accessibility software for your blind and print disabled patrons.
Braille COVID-19 Resources from CDC
by Sarah Trowbridge | May 11, 2023
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