Information about accessible resources at the library and learning commons.
Below are a sampling of the many closed-captioned audiovisuals we have at BCTC Library and Learning Commons locations.
(Search for more in the KCTCS Library Catalog using search term closed-captioned and setting the location to Bluegrass CTC - All)
The library's article databases provide digtial versions of articles in two different formats: PDF or HTML. You can download the HTML or PDF file from the database, and use a "read-aloud' software, such as Kurzweil, to read the document aloud.
You can also use Adobe Reader's "read aloud" functionality to read many PDFs.
In addition, some library databases, such as EBSCO's databases, have a "read-aloud" function built right in, as well as an accessibility-friendly search interface.
Please ask a librarian if you need assistance and we will be happy to help.
EBSCO databases (such as Academic Search Premier) have a read-aloud feature for HTML articles that may be manually activated.
• choose the HTML Full Text option and the Listen icon appears on the Tools list just under the title of the article
• you may select three different accents and reading speeds
• to pause the reading, click on the pause button
• there slso is a MP3 audio file download option
Gale databases also offer a similar function. For example, Gale's Academic OneFile has a similar listening function at the top of its HTML articles;
The best tools for screen reading include software such Kurzweil, JAWS and other screen reader software. BCTC provides access to sceeen reader software to all DSS qualified students. In addition, Adobe has some built -in read-aloud features as well, that will work on many PDFs
Adobe Software and Accessibility
Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat both have a read aloud feature.
To activate the read aloud feature:
In Windows OS:
• open the PDF
• go to the View option at the top of the screen and select Read Out Loud and then scroll down to the option listed called, Activate Read Out Loud
• click on the screen to begin reading. To pause, select a specific section, or read to the end of the document, select view, the read out loud option, and then the appropriate option (pause, etc.)
In Mac OS:
• open the PDF
• go to the Edit option at the top of the screen and select Speech and then select the option, Start Speaking
• reader will start automatically. To stop, select Edit at the top of the screen, then select Speech, and last select the option, Stop Speaking
BCTC Libraries provides an extensive collection of e-books via Ebook Central database.
Create a free user account with Ebook Central and then use the download feature to download book chapters that can be read by screen readers. You can also use Adobe Digital Editions (version 2.0 or above) to download an entire Ebook Central book for a 14 day check out period. Users can also activate the "accessibility mode" under settings, to help maximize the screen reader experience; when a user accesses Ebook Central using a screen reader, his or her screen reader will read out instructions for turning on accessibility mode.
Kurzweil screen reader software is installed on at least one workstation in most library and lab locations for use by vision-impaired students. There also is a cloud-based Firefly option. For more details on the use of the software, contact BCTC DSS.
To schedule an appointment with a Disability Support Services staff member on any BCTC campus, call (859) 246-6534, (859) 246-6753 TTY or (866) 774-4872 extension 6534 (Toll Free).
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