August 17, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Victor Reader Stream Now Available at the
A new service for the blind, dyslexic and visually impaired
is now available at Shawnee State University’s Clark
Reader Stream is a handheld digital talking book and MP3
player weighing about six ounces with easy-to-operate
controls. There is an LED light for individuals with low
vision to know when the unit is off, on, or charging. In
addition, there are audio indicators for all the operations.
can store talking books from the National Library Service
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Digital
Accessible Information System, Accessible Books and
Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities, along with
a personal music collection and text files from personal
stored on the Stream is on a memory card that students can
borrow with the device or they may use their own card.
Director Connie Salyers Stoner was a recipient of a grant
from the State Library of Ohio to purchase the equipment for
students who have sight-related issues through the Library
Services and Technology Act.
“We see it as
a way to improve our services,” Stoner said. “The Victor
Reader will be available for checkout from the library
circulation counter for a 24-hour-period.”
doubles as a handy voice recorder for personal notes,
meetings or lectures. The audible book program from Amazon
is also compatible.
copied to the Stream using Windows Explorer. Separate
folders, called Bookshelves, store various book types such
as talking books, audible books, music, podcasts, text files
or notes. Everything in the Stream is voice guided. There is
a built-in text-to-speech synthesizer for listening to
information or a demonstration of the Stream, contact Ann
Marie Short at (740) 351-3462.