Director and Subregional Librarian:
The Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services is one of nine subregional libraries and outreach advisory centers in the state of Georgia and currently serves the following 22 county region: Baker, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Webster, and Worth.
The library houses a large collection of recorded materials as well as reference materials. For recorded and Braille materials that are provided by the National Library Service (NLS) but not currently in stock at the Bainbridge Library, the Regional Library in Atlanta can be contacted to Interlibrary Loan the requested materials.
Patrons may either come to the library to pick up their own books or the books can be sent out in the mail free of charge going and returning.
Deposit collections are also available for use by residents of nursing facilities (ie. convalescence homes, nursing homes, hospitals) and for individuals in facilities such as senior citizen centers and schools. The collections are housed in the various facilities or in public libraries. These collections are periodically changed to provide readers with a variety of reading materials.
THE TALKING BOOK PROGRAM
| A free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress. With the cooperation of authors and publishers who grant permission to use copyrighted works, National Library Service selects and produces full-length books and magazines in Braille and on cassettes. Reading materials are distributed to a cooperating network of regional and subregional (local) libraries where they are circulated to eligible borrowers. Cassettes and playback machines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries in reusable containers along with mailing cards so that it can be returned by postage-free mail. Established by an act of Congress in 1931 to serve blind adults, the program was expanded in 1952 to include children, in 1962 to provide music materials, and again in 1966 to include individuals with other physical impairments that prevent the reading of standard print.
BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
| Readers may borrow all types of popular-interest books including bestseller, classic, mystery, westerns, romance, science fiction, history, biography, religious, children's books and foreign-language materials. Readers may also subscribe to more than seventy popular titles, such as Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Newsweek, and Jack & Jill in Braille and recorded formats.
Machines needed to play the cassettes, which are recorded at slower than conventional speeds to enable more recording per cassette or record, are loaned for as long as recorded materials are being borrowed and repairs/replacements are provided free of charge. An amplifier is available for blind and physically handicapped readers who are also certified as hearing impaired. Other devices are provided to aid readers with mobility impairments in using playback machines.
New digital players (USB flash cartridges) are also available for patrons. They are smaller, lighter, easier to use, and have a longer battery life than the cassette players. Please call the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services at 229.248.2680 or at 1.800.795.2680 for more information or to request a digital player.
BARD (BRAILLE AND AUDIO READING DOWNLOAD)
Access BARD by logging in here. Learn how to use BARD by viewing these instructions. Find a list of players that are compatible with BARD here.
Have you ever wanted to use BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download) to download your talking books? Click below for an interactive tutorial, courtesy of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center.
Or, click here for a video on how to use BARD.
SEARCH FOR MATERIALS
Search for materials that are available at the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services here.
DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION!
Download an application for the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services!
Download and print a brochure describing the services provided by the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services.
The brochure is available in PDF format. Please click here to download the latest version from Adobe's web site.
TOOLS FOR TURNING FOLKS ON TO TALKING BOOKS: A MULTI MEDIA TRAINING TOOL KIT
Download the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services PowerPoint presentation, Turning Folks on to Talking Books, at this link: Presentation. This file is in Microsoft PowerPoint. Click here to download a free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer if you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint. You may also open a PDF version of the presentation.
Read the latest news from the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services! View our latest newsletter here:
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The newsletter is available in PDF format. Please click here to download the latest version from Adobe's web site.
MARKETING SWGLAS: A CUSTOMER-CENTERED APPROACH
This is a recording of the workshop, Marketing SWGLAS: A Customer-Centered Approach, presented on November 8, 2011 by Christie Koontz, Ph.D. at the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services. Participants learned the fundamental concepts of marketing and the practical steps needed for any successful marketing plan, especially to persons with disabilities. Click here to download this video.
TALKING BOOK CENTER PUBLIC OPINION MEETING
Couldn't attend the talking book center public opinion meeting on Monday, January 11, 2010? Click here to download a video of this meeting!
LINKS OF INTEREST
American Printing House for the Blind
APH is the world's largest non-profit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
BAIN Center for Independent Living
Dedicated to promoting independence and improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in south Georgia.
Braille Bibles International
Provides the audio Bible in the King James version to legally blind individuals for a small fee in Braille, large print, and audio formats.
Georgia Council of the Blind
A non-profit consumer organization affiliated with the American Foundation for the Blind.
Georgia Radio Reading Service
Providing blind and print-impaired Georgians with access to the printed word through technology and volunteer readers.
Georgia Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program
Provides a variety of specialized telecommunications equipment to qualified applicants who have difficulty using a standard phone.
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services
A division of the Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists people with disabilities by helping them obtain independence and meaningful employment.
Library Accessibility: What You Need to Know
From the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), this website contains fifteen tipsheets to help librarians understand and manage access issues.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
This is the website for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped through the Library of Congress.
View the complete list of interesting links on our Resources page!
TRAINING TOOL KIT AVAILABLE!
The Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services is proud to announce the release of, “Tools for Turning Folks on to Talking Books”, a multi-media training tool kit. This tool kit contains information including who is eligible for services, special machines needed to use the service, sample reports, and much more. This is a valuable instrument for library staff to provide information to patrons regarding the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services.
This multi-media training tool kit is available for libraries through InterLibrary Loan. Request your copy today by contacting the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services by calling 229.248.2680 or 800.795.2680, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are eligible for the Library of Congress program if:
- You are legally blind - your vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less with correcting glasses, or your widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees.
- You cannot see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, although you wear glasses to correct your vision.
- You are unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical handicap.
Or, you are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability, due to an organic dysfunction, which is of sufficient severity to prevent reading in a conventional manner.
The following adaptive equipment is available for use in the Southwest Georgia Library for Accessible Services:
KURZWEIL READING EDGE MACHINE:
The Reading Edge is a machine that will read a printed page aloud. The machine can also be connected to a cassette recorder and the machine can read the text while the cassette machine records it to enable the user to have a copy to take with him/her. We also have a Braille printer that can be connected to the Reading Edge, which allows the scanned text to be transferred into a Braille copy.
This machine is the equivalent of a Braille typewriter. The library has two of these braillers, one for in-house use and one available for checkout.
BRAILLE-N-PRINT SLIM LINE:
This is a computer card that attaches to the bottom of the Perkins Brailler. This card allows a dot matrix printer to be connected to the Perkins Brailler and when something is typed on the Brailler, a print copy is generated on the dot matrix printer. This is only available on the brailler for use in the library.
This software is loaded onto a public computer at your local library. JAWS reads the text on a computer screen to persons with vision loss. Check with your local public library for availability.
This machine enlarges materials that are placed underneath it by projecting it on the screen. The material can be enlarged up to 60 times its normal size.
DAAS VISION SIMULATOR GOGGLES:
These goggles help sighted persons develop a better understanding of vision impairments.
The Perkins Brailler is currently the only machine available for checkout. We can make arrangements with the Public Libraries in the area so that this machine can be available for temporary checkout in all 22 counties.
Further information is available by calling (229) 248-2680 or 1-800-795-2680, or by coming by the library at:
Southwest Georgia Regional Library System
Our operating hours are:
301 South Monroe Street
Bainbridge, Georgia 39819
Monday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.