Assistive Technology Evaluation

Despite the relatively long period since our website’s last update, Library Access Foundation has been going strong. The Foundation has received generous donations of both time and money. Many thanks to all who donated, and big hugs to the volunteers giving their time and expertise to improve the accessibility of Downriver and Metro Detroit libraries.

Vanessa at MLA with Library Access Foundation poster behind her.

In October, I presented a poster session at the Michigan Library Association. The poster was titled, “Library Access Foundation: Adventures in Nonprofit Startup.”

Our volunteers’ first order of business is figuring out what low-cost adaptations libraries can make to help people with low vision. We’ve entered an order for magnifiers, lined guides, book stands, and a few other adaptive items. After the January board meeting, volunteers will evaluate the items ordered.

Once evaluation is complete, planning for fundraising and distribution will begin. Many of the evaluated items will be donated to the Taylor Community Library for use in the Assistive Technology Lab, regardless of whether the Foundation decides to provide the items to other libraries.

Lastly, I’m proud to announce that as of October 19, I joined the staff at the Taylor Community Library as Assistant Library Director and Braille and Talking Book  Librarian. The library is a great place to work with staff and patrons being very welcoming. It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to help out my hometown community in my area of expertise.

Keep an eye out for great news from both the Taylor Community Library and the Library Access Foundation.

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Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

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