Prescott Public Library is committed to serving all patrons through assistive technology. The library offers technology onsite and for checkout as well as training to get you started. To reserve time with a trainer, contact the Ask a Librarian Desk at 928.777.1526
Assistive technology for vision loss at the library:
- NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) software on all public library computers. NVDA is an application that reads aloud the text displayed on the computer screen.
- Microsoft Ease of Access settings on all public library computers. Ease of Access allows adjustment of computer settings to meet user needs.
- Magnifying lamps in the Ruffner and West Reading Rooms, Café and periodical areas on the main level.
- A Topaz Magnifier, which magnifies and contrasts printed material, on the main level in the Ruffner Reading Room.
- A Clearview Speech machine, which scans printed material, magnifies it and converts it to speech, on the main level in the Ruffner Reading Room.
- iPads for checkout and at each library service desk, with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including:
- Seeing Ai (another scanning and text-to-voice app)
- KNFB Reader app (a text-to-voice app that can scan documents and read them aloud). Licenses for the KNFB Reader app available for patron checkout.
- voiceover, magnifiers and other iPad accessibility features
- Information and assistance with Talking Books Library applications and BARD (downloadable Talking Books)
Assistive technology for hearing loss at the library:
- LISTEN devices for library programs, classes and tours. These portable receivers with headphones provide hearing assistance by connecting to the library’s meeting room sound system. LISTEN receivers are also compatible with various types of hearing aids.
- Upon request, organizations that utilize the library meeting room can receive training and check out LISTEN devices for use in their programs.
- A portable Listen Kit for organizations to check out and use at their meetings and presentations hosted outside the library. Training is required before checkout.
- iPads for checkout and at each library service desk with accessibility features to facilitate communication, including LiveCaption and FlipWriter apps. Training is required before checkout.
Assistive technology is also available in the community through the You Too! project:
The library partners with several organizations in the City of Prescott and provides them with iPads to increase access to information and engagement in the life of the City: City of Prescott Police Department, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College and the City of Prescott Mayor’s Office. Members of these organizations are trained to use the accessibility features and apps on the iPads.
Listen devices are available at Prescott City Council Meetings. Library volunteers act as docents at each Council Meeting and at library programs in the Founders Suite to check out LISTEN devices and provide meeting protocol information.
Library staff are knowledgeable about apps, software and equipment but library volunteers provide the bulk of the one-to-one training. For all training except Technology Help Hour, make an appointment by calling the Ask a Librarian Desk at 928.777.1526.
- Prescott Computer Society volunteers staff Technology Help Hour on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. to help answer specific assistive technology questions.
- Volunteer trainers have regular appointment hours on Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m. to assist with iPad training.
- Individualized training on the Topaz magnifier and Clearview Speech is also available upon request.
- Staff can offer training on the portable Listen device upon request.
For more information about vision loss in our community, explore the website of Catch the Vision – a group committed to sharing information about assistive technology for individuals who have vision loss.
The You Too! project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding is provided through an IBM grant secured by former IBM employee and library volunteer, Harry Vedvik.
For more information about this project, please contact Martha Baden, Library Manager, Public Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928.777.1519