Library’s talking books now digital

By Don Crinklaw © Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida — The digital age hasn’t affected the way South Florida libraries utilize talking books, which contain audio versions of books and allow visually impaired patrons to use a library’s catalog. But all that may be changing. The Main Library in Fort Lauderdale recently finished the testing phase for a new digital format provided by the Library of Congress that could do away with older four-track talking books. About 3,000 visually impaired Broward County residents use the services of the Main Library’s talking books, said librarian Wayne Draper.  For more than 30 years, the library has used an archaic-looking yellow playback machine that weighs 18 pounds and is hardly a dream to operate. The new digital format uses flash drives to produce a lighter and less-challenging device…. READ ARTICLE

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