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Adaptive Library Services for People with Disabilities

Introduction

The Eli M Oboler Library is dedicated to providing access and services to all members of the Idaho State University Community. If you have questions about or suggestions regarding any of our services to people with disabilities, please contact:

Eli M. Oboler Library
Jenny Lynne Semenza
Associate University Librarian for Public Services/Building Manager
semejenn@isu.edu

The ADA & Disabilities Resource Center
http://www.isu.edu/ada4isu/
Todd DeVries
Assistive Technology Coordinator
devrtodd@isu.edu


General Accessibility

The Oboler Library is wheelchair accessible from the front entrance and includes automated doors. Braille numbering and lettering are used to designate bathrooms, elevators, and rooms. All rest rooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.

  • Parking
    There are reserved parking spaces located in the parking lots near the building and on the street in front of the building.
  • Elevators
    All floors of the Library are accessible by the elevator located near the front of the building.
  • Telephones
    Public and campus telephones are wheelchair accessible. Ask for help at the Circulation Desk.


Resource and Research Accessibility

  • Access to Library Stacks/Book Retrieval Service
    Circulation Desk staff are available to retrieve books from the stacks when needed. At certain times there may be a short wait for book retrieval, based on staff availability.
  • Database Help
    Resources created by database vendors.

  • Quiet Areas for Study
    There are quiet study areas throughout the library. The outer areas of levels two and three tend to be the quietest. Talking is discouraged in this area so that students can study. The areas near reference desks, classrooms and other common areas are more noisy.
  • Reference Services
    Reference librarians can assist with any questions you have about using the library or conducting library research. The main reference desk is located on the first floor. There is also a reference desk for the Idaho Health Sciences Library on the third floor.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Computer Workstations
    The desks are set at a higher level in order to accommodate a person in a wheelchair.
    • Located to the right of the main Reference area along the wall, on the first floor of the library.

      This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library. However, it has two mice, a regular one and a larger one for people with fine motor control difficulty.
    • Located to the right of the main Reference area along the wall, on the first floor of the library (see ADA workstation below).
      This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library.

      Circulation can override the login system to allow Visitor use of the computers on the first floor. The time restriction is set for one hour, to match the policy of the other Visitor stations.

    • Located on the third floor.
      This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library.

      Staff can override the login system to allow Visitors use of this computer. The time restriction is set for one hour, to match the policy of the other Visitor stations.


Adaptive Technology Computer Workstation

The ADA workstation is located to the right of the main Reference area along the wall, on the first floor of the library.

Workspace

  • Adjustable table

Operating System

  • Windows 7

Hardware

  • Large monitor
  • Scanner
  • Headphone jack
    Headphones can be plugged into the cable next to the monitor. Patrons may bring headphones with them or use their ISU ID to check out the set at Reserves.
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Floppy Drive (3.5")
  • Flash Drives (also called memory sticks, jump drives, etc.)
  • T thaw drive or space
    This is a place on public computers that can be used to save files in case the computer locks up or needs to be turned off. The Systems Department erases these files on an irregular basis.

Software

  • ABBYY Fine Reader Sprint
  • DI Capture
  • Kurzweil 3000
    A program that can scan in documents/book text and assist both LD (learning disabled) and vision impaired people read and understand. (This is or will be available in a couple of ISU's computer labs, the Library Center in Idaho Falls and the ADA center on campus).
  • Presto! Image Folio
  • Presto! Optibook 3800 Scanner
  • Presto! PageManager

CCTV

  • A CCTV unit is located in the Student Lounge area.

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