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Enabling blind and visually impaired library users: Inmagic and adaptive technology

Leslie Rosen (Head librarian, M.C.Migel Memorial Library and Information Center, American Foundation for the Blind, New York City.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 March 1991



A variety of enabling technologies such as synthetic speech, print enlargement on CRT screens, braille printers and displays, and communications technology has made library operations at the American Foundation for the Blind accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired. INMAGIC software, a versatile database management system, has automated many library functions and has been integrated with other adaptive technologies. In addition to other applications, INMAGIC is used to update and create bibliographies and accession lists in inkprint, large print, or braille formats (with tape cassette versions available on request). Sidebars discuss the Xerox/Kurzweil Personal Reader (KPR); closed circuit television (CCTV); computers with speech; large print enhancements; Inmagic, Inc.—the company; and, in some depth, the functionality of INMAGIC.


Rosen, L. (1991), "Enabling blind and visually impaired library users: Inmagic and adaptive technology", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 45-61.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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