Public libraries across Canada are enabling people with print disabilities to access literature like never before.
Public library patrons across the province now have the opportunity to borrow from the 200,000-title collection of alternative-format materials at the CELA Library, including audio, braille and descriptive video.
For people who can’t read print, the news means unprecedented access to a broad collection of accessible materials – books, magazines and newspapers – through their local library.
NCPL is partnering with CELA to offer Daisy Reader Players and CDs for the Daisy Reader to those with a visual, physical or learning disability that prevents someone from reading regular print. Staff will be able to register a patron and assist a patron with a disability for access to the CELA library with online access to audiobooks, CELA catalogue and newspapers, magazines and databases.
What is a Daisy Audiobook?
DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an international format standard developed by libraries for the blind. DAISY audiobooks have superior sound quality and functionality compared to other audio formats. Special features include chapter, paragraph, phrase and word navigation, bookmarking, skimming, sleep modes and reading speed control. DAISY titles fit on a single compact disc. These discs are meant to be played in special DAISY-compatible machines such as Victor Readers. Because of their special formatting, DAISY discs cannot be played on standard CD players unless those players are MP3-compatible. If your CD player was manufactured in the last five years, there’s a good chance it is MP3-compatible and will also play DAISY CD. Feel free to listen to an audio introduction to DAISY players prepared by the CELA or view a DAISY training and support video!
What is a Daisy Reader or Victor Reader?
A Daisy Reader or Victor Reader is a device that plays the Daisy Audiobooks. The library has some Readers for patrons to borrow so they can try them out before investing in one.
Norfolk County Public Library will be able to register individual customers to receive delivery of CELA library materials to their home.
Who qualifies for this service through the library? Anyone who is print disabled due to a visual disability, physical disability (the inability to hold or manipulate a book), and/or learning disability (an impairment relating to comprehension) with the definition provided for “perceptual disability” in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act.
How do I sign up?
You can register by contacting any NCPL staff by phone at 519-426-3506 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.