Assistive Technologies

All Rod Library public computers have the following assistive software installed:

Read and Write GoldRead & Write Gold: Literacy Support Software

The Read & Write Gold toolbar provides work prediction, advanced spell checking, and dictionary functions for use with programs such as Microsoft Word and other programs. Read & Write Gold Quick Start Guide (PDF)


Assistive Technology Area

The following assistive software and hardware are available in the Assistive Technology Area on the Rod Library’s main (second) floor, northwest of the Reference Desk. All computers are located on height-adjustable tables and the computer monitors are 23.”

Shark FinJAWS: Screen Reading Software

The JAWS screen reader reads aloud the computer screen and enables users to use keystroke commands to navigate and access Web pages and all screen content. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output. The workstation is also equipped with a trackball mouse. JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide

Open BookOpen Book: Text-to-Speech Scanner and Reader

The OpenBook scanner and optical character recognition system converts printed or graphic-based text into an electronic text format that can then be converted to audio using text-to-speech software. Includes low vision options for customizing document appearance on the screen. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output.  Open Book Quick Start Guide; Open Book User’s Manual

MerlinMerlin CCTV

A closed-circuit color camera system which magnifies text and other visual material for viewing on the Merlin monitor. Merlin VGA Users Manual (PDF)


Electronic Resource Area

In the Electronic Resource Area on the main (second) floor of Rod Library to the west of the Reference Desk is a computer station with:

ZZoomText: Screen Magnifier/ Reader with Speech

Computer screen magnification and screen color customization software with speech output so that Internet and other computer images may be viewed and accessed more easily. A set of headphones is attached so you may listen to the audio output. The ZoomText workstation is also equipped with trackball and joystick mouses. ZoomText Documentation Downloads


In addition, two American Printing House for the Blind recorder/players (4-track cassette) are available for checkout at the MultiService Center.

Individuals with disabilities may inquire at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk about assistance in using the Library.