Announcing Browsealoud

We are so excited to be part of the Browsealoud family as furnished by the Arkansas State Library.  This extension or tool, translates most sites into other language, even with an audio option.  Come on in for a demonstration!  For an “official” introduction, here is the official notice from the Arkansas State Library.

To help ensure that people with various access challenges can use our services, the library is offering Browsealoud, a multifunctional web accessibility tool, to the public. It includes text-to-speech screen reading, text magnification, screen masking, and translation for 99 languages (40 of which it can also speak). These tools will allow the library to extend services to patrons experiencing a variety of access challenges such as low literacy, vision impairment, language barriers, and attention and focus disorders.
Browsealoud is available to anyone visiting the library’s website. It can also be used on any of the library’s public access computers with virtually any online content, including PDFs. Those who have difficulty using the internet due to access challenges are encouraged to visit the library to see how Browsealoud can help.
Browsealoud was provided to the library free of charge by the Arkansas State Library and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The product was developed by Texthelp, a company that has been creating accessibility tools for over 20 years, and supplied by Library Market, a web development and marketing firm for libraries based out of Jonesboro, Arkansas.


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