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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Libraries: Inclusive Services Center

Resources for library staff serving diverse populations

Hearing Assistance Available

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Public libraries can borrow an FM Assistive Listening kit to allow hard-of-hearing patrons to enjoy library programming. The kit contains one transmitter with multiple microphone options and four receivers with headphones. 

Reserve a Kit 

Hearing assistance is also available by request at any South Carolina State Library event.  For more information, contact the Inclusive Services Consultant.  

 

Braille Embossing Available

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Public libraries and community members may print short documents in braille on-demand at the Inclusive Services Center, using the Juliet 120 Embosser and 6dot Braille Label Maker.  This enables public libraries in South Carolina to provide alternative formats to anyone with a visual impairment. Document delivery is also available to public libraries. 

To set an appointment or learn more, contact the Inclusive Services Consultant

The Inclusive Services Center is located on the Mezzanine level of the South Carolina State Library. The room features a variety of assistive technology and accessibility tools, as well as a collection of materials related to equity, diversity, and inclusion in library services.

Make an appointment to use the Center by contacting the Inclusive Services Consultant. 

Inclusive Services Collection

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The Inclusive Services Collection houses materials related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in library services. The collection includes suggested fiction for children and youth from diverse backgrounds, non-fiction resources for library staff working with all ages, and materials in accessible formats such as braille and sensory books.

Most materials may be checked out with a State Library card or requested through SCLENDS. 

View the Inclusive Services Collection on the SCLENDS catalog.

Assistive Technology

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Accessible Computer:

  • Zoomtext Fusion (JAWS and zoomtext)
  • Scanner
  • Track ball mouse
  • Large print keyboard
  • Power adjustable table
  • Printer
  • Headphones

Text to speech (ABiSee)

Juliet 120 Braille Embosser

6dot Braille label maker

Optelec Clearview desktop magnifier

Optelec ClearReader+ 

FM Assistive Listening System

Ruby XL HD handheld video magnifier

Handheld magnifier and magnifier sheet

Braille and Tactile Books

Tactile game

Other equipment may be available upon request.

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