OSSB Library Media Center

The Ohio State School for the Blind maintains a collection of educational materials. The library houses volumes in: Braille, large print, regular print, disk, and taped recordings. An online card catalog is available for students/staff use. This software is compatible with the school’s other adaptive software and it is accessible throughout the school building. The library also offers CCTVs and employs OCR technology for readers, offering a variety of reading opportunities. A variety of current magazines and newspapers are also available, as well as facilities to utilize specialized educational equipment. You may view our collection by visiting the OSSB Library Website here: https://ossblibrary.follettdestiny.com/

The Ohio State School for the Blind Library Media Center also is pleased to offer links to the following agencies that provide services to our students:

The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - PLEASE NOTE: Access to the OHIO-BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is available on this page. People wishing to sign up for BARD must complete a Talking Book Services application, which is available through the State Library of Ohio link.

INFOhio is an invaluable resource for students and staff at OSSB. Students and their families are encouraged to use this resource for homework and general educational enrichment. To log in to INFOhio, contact the OSSB Librarian for the information.

State Library of Ohio - Handles all applications for services with the Library of Congress, National Library Service Talking Book and Braille Book program, in Ohio.

NLS has developed a high-volume version of the digital talking book machine (DBTM). The high-volume player, which is paired with a headset, is available as a standard or advanced (DS-1/DA-1) model that has been programmed to have an amplified volume up to 120dB. It can be issued only by NLS and will bear a warning label. The high-volume feature only works with the set of stereo headphones that NLS provides. To receive a high-volume player and headset, a patron must provide certification of hearing impairment by a physician or audiologist. To obtain an application for this specialized player and headset please download an application from www.loc.gov/nls/pdf/hvp.pdf and return the patron's completed and fully signed application to the State Library of Ohio.

The National Library Service (NLS) has updated its BARD MOBILE and BARD EXPRESS 'How-To Series' on Youtube. The BARD MOBILE link contains 16 videos, and the BARD EXPRESS link contains 9 videos. Users will find information on how to obtain mobile apps for smart phones, how to download books, and how to unzip books. Check these videos out, they are most helpful, especially for new users.

Learning Ally - A private organization that, for a yearly fee, will provide school textbooks on a compact disk or cassette tape (if the textbook is older). NOTE: This is not a State of Ohio or Federal Government Agency. http://www.learningally.org/

Seedlings Braille Books for Children-reasonably priced Braille at

National Braille Press - reasonably priced Braille books,electronic books and educational materials at www.nbp.org

Bookshare - an organization that works closely with schools, educational agencies, libraries and other nonprofit organizations to provide accessible electronic books to individuals with qualifying disabilities at www.bookshare.org

VOICEcorps - A volunteer program that provides "audio access to the world" via newspapers and magazines. Additionally VOICEcorps also broadcasts a variety of programming that includes (but is not limited to) a daily exercise program, grocery and department store shopping ads, and features a wonderful program called "Keystrokes" that provides assitance with computers and other adaptive equipment that is frequently used in the visually impaired community.

OLBPD Kids and Teens Reading Club - Click the link below for more information on the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled's reading club!
OLBPD Kids and Teens Reading Club

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