While I’m at it…

I wrote to the downtown library too.  Here’s my other email.  Again, if I hear nothing I will show up in person.  Copied an article I read on libraries with loops in Colorado.  Link included.

telecoil ALD sign

I’m not sure if I’m emailing the right person, if not, I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction.  I’d like to attend Literary Connections: Prose and the Spoken Word on February 20th and I need to know if you have any assistive listening devices (ALDs) available for those with hearing loss and what those accommodations might be.

  The downtown library is one of my favorite places to go, it gorgeous and I like the atmosphere…as long as I’m not trying to hear.  The acoustics play heck on my hearing instruments.  Hearing loss is on the rise at 20% of the population right now.  I know other hearing aid users would probably enjoy some accommodations also.  I work with a few hearing loss groups here in Salt Lake and I’d love to be able to tell them the library has ALD’s or better yet, a hearing loop is available there.  Hearing loops make for a great hearing experience.  (I’ve attached an article from libraries in Colorado getting a loop.)
  Thanks for helping.  It nice when hearing loss doesn’t confine me.

Making Garfield County Libraries Accessible by Amelia Shelley


The Garfield County Libraries recently completed the last of six new buildings, and each of them was designed to be accessible to everyone in the community. I’d like to share with you some of the devices and services we have that make it possible.

Have trouble hearing speakers when you attend an event? Two of our libraries, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, have hearing loop systems that allow people to directly receive the sound from the library’s PA system in their hearing aids. Digital hearing aids have significantly improved in the last decade, but they do not restore hearing to normal. Difficulties often remain when in challenging listening situations such as large meeting rooms. Much like wi-fi for laptops, hearing loops help hearing aid users hear by broadcasting sound through an antenna without background noise or reverberation. We hope to install hearing loop systems in our other four libraries in 2014.

Are you sight impaired? Thanks to a generous donation from the Glenwood Springs Lion’s Club, the Glenwood Springs Branch Library is getting two devices to assist computer users and readers. The library has purchased Kurzweil 1000 software that allows for both text enlargement and text to speech functions for computer use, and an ABiSee Zoom X Camera that allows users to scan and save bound books at the speed of up to 20 pages per minute. Users of these devices will have access to the broad variety of reading, learning and productivity features found in the Kurzweil 1000 software, which edits documents, creates bookmarks, saves materials in various formats, and completes forms. The software will be loaded on a laptop, and both items can be checked out through the service desk at the library starting in mid-January. Additionally, the Rifle Branch Library has a Magni-sight Explorer, a device that allows text to be enlarged for ease of reading. The Magni-sight Explorer is available thanks to a donation from 20/20 EyeCare.

Can’t get to the library? Every library in Garfield County offers a Homebound program. If you, or someone you know, can’t get out to the library due to issues with mobility or illness, you may be eligible for our Homebound services. The Homebound service delivers books on a monthly basis in areas of specific interest to the reader. Contact your local branch library, or call 970-625-4270, for more information to find out how the library can be more accessible for you.

Amelia Shelley is executive director of the Garfield County Libraries.



One response to “While I’m at it…

  1. Both letters you posted today: bravo. Way to advocate and educate and be active in the process rather than grumbling and giving up.

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