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Assistive Technologies and Visiting Scholar Room

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Berrie Watson
Asst. Director, USF Libraries Systems
Office: POY 215
Phone: (727) 873-4402

Services Overview

The library provides assistive technologies in a quiet study room setting for those with special visual needs.  The room hosts a Dell Optiplex machine with dual monitors. Normal check-out is for three hours but special arrangement can be made for longer periods of time in consultation with Student Accessibility Services whom may also reserve the room under special circumstances.

Available in room POY 127A, technologies are available to assist users with accessing library materials. A mechanically adjustable worktable can accommodate a range of heights for easy wheelchair access.  A computer with dual large screen 19″ monitors has been equipped in the room, which can be used in tandem for screen magnification and text to speech function. Software offerings include Windows Magnifier, ZoomText, and Read & Write Gold. Large microphone, keyboard, and adjustable chairs also allow a range of uses for the room.  A magnifier can enlarge documents with lighting.

This room is also a visiting scholar room, it is possible that the room is in use at a time that a user visits the library. Students should contact the Circulation Desk for access to room POY 127A. Use of the room is normally on a first-come, first-served basis but Student Accessibility Services may reserve the room under special circumstances at the circulation desk.

Students should work with Student Accessibility Services regarding training to use the equipment.