[Athen] accessibility of standalone BookEye scanner

Kenneth Elkind Kenneth.Elkind at umb.edu
Thu Jun 24 06:07:57 PDT 2010

Has anybody experienced the accessibility of the BookEye scanner unit?

I received the following e-mail:

in searching for reviews/possible explanations of how (or how well) the
Book Eye works for the visually impaired patrons, I found your post on a
listserv. Do you have one of these stations - such as the KIC station?
Aside from the capacity to read text and output to MP3, do you know
anything about how easily a visually impaired person can use it? All
the literature from DLSG shows or describes the touch screen input
method, cropping, etc - all of which I have a hard time (as a sighted
person) understanding how a blind person can use independently.

The folks at DLSG are at ALA and I'm not, so I'm grabbing at straws to
have questions answered. If you have had experience with the KIC system
and visually impaired patrons, could you give me your opinion or share
some of your knowledge? Please ignore this request if you are too busy.

Many thanks,

Jacqueline Tygart, Associate Librarian for Art, Architecture, Philosophy
& Religion

Drury University, F. W. Olin Library

900 N. Benton

Springfield, MO 65802

jtygart at drury.edu <mailto:jtygart at drury.edu>

Kenneth Elkind

Adaptive Technology Specialist

University of Massachusetts - Boston

IT-ED Tech Operations

Healey Library /UL/ 032


Kenneth.Elkind at umb.edu

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