The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of information to people who are blind or have low vision, or a print disability.
Library makeover frequently asked questions
- What’s happening?
- When is this happening?
- What do existing library members have to do?
- Can borrowers keep their current login details once we move across to the new service?
- Will the library members use my bookshelf change?
- How does someone become a library member?
- How can library members access books?
- What if a library member uses a second generation HumanWare device?
- What is the Bookshare Library?
- How much will the Bookshare Library membership cost?
- Will library members who do not wish to join the Bookshare Library still be able to access the Vision Australia Library?
- How do library members benefit from these changes?
- What if I have a question?
- What happens when a client has more than 20 titles on loan when they transition to Bookshare?
- My 3G DAISY player is very slow
- What is DAISY Text?
- What's happening with newspapers and magazines?
Vision Australia Library is getting a makeover. Over the next few months we'll be updating the i-access online library and merging it into the My Vision Australia portal on www.visionaustralia.org as well as introducing a new version of our Vision Australia Connect app.
This means new features and a whole new catalogue providing access to significantly more reading material than before. Through the transition and beyond, library members can continue to enjoy access to our large range of audio books, newspapers, magazines, Braille books and Braille music.
Library members can quickly and easily search the catalogue and add titles to their bookshelf. They can read material straight away (stream) or download to read later. They can also request hard copy items such as embossed Braille and Feelix kits. If they wish, library members also have the option of accessing the Bookshare library collection, via the Vision Australia Library.
When is this happening?
Between late March 2020 and the end of June 2020, we'll be in touch with individual library members via email, i-access and DAISY device notifications, to let them know what's happening and to link them to the new Vision Australia Library service.
What do existing library members have to do?
If a library member is using the Vision Australia Connect app on their smartphone or tablet, or i-access on their computer, they will be supported to move across to our new and improved, Library service. We will provide step by step instructions. Library members will also be supported by our National Contact Centre and via email support provided through our library email address.
If library members use a DAISY player (e.g. Wi-Fi, 3G and Envoy Connect) and have audio books selected for them and delivered straight to their device, they will be supported to connect their device to our new library service. Where possible, the client's device will be updated automatically to connect to the new Library service. Where the library member needs to take action, we’ll provide step by step instructions. Library members may also seek advice and support via the National Contact Centre and the library email address.
Can borrowers keep their current login details once we move across to the new service?
The new service will require a new user name (your email address) and password. Sharing your email address will also assist the library to communicate with you. This user name and password will only provide access to the new I-Access Library catalogue and My VA Portal. It cannot be used to log in to the Bookshare website.
It is important to note that as you move across to the new Library service, our systems will not be able to transfer the information about where you are up to in the book you are reading at the time. Please plan for this occurrence and either finish the book you are reading or make note of the page or chapter you are up to prior to us moving you to the new service. Once you are in the new service and commence reading a book from where you noted your place, our new system will from this point on remember your reading place in the book as with the old system.
Will the daily download limit of books change?
Yes it will. As a result of member feedback the new bookshelf download limit will increase from 5 to 20 items. This will be very welcome news for Envoy Connect users who will be able to now download 20 books at a time to their player.
How does someone become a library member?
People who are blind or have low vision, or who have a print disability, will be able to join the Vision Australia library by completing the online membership form located at www.visionaustralia.org/services/library/join under the heading How to join.
Alternatively, they can call Vision Australia Library on 1300 654 656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
How can library members access books?
Library members will have access to all the same collections of materials that they have now and can continue to download books, magazines, newspapers and Braille music from the Vision Australia library in the same way they previously did using their Wi-Fi, 3G, or Envoy Connect player, as well as via i-access Library/My Vision Australia and the new app.
What is the Bookshare Library?
As part of the update, Vision Australia Library members also have the opportunity to become a Bookshare library member in addition to their Vision Australia membership. The Bookshare library has a large catalogue of educational and technical books, as well as a growing list of books for leisure reading.
These synthetic voice audio and electronic Braille books will be available to library members only if they wish to become Bookshare members on top of their Vision Australia Library membership. Titles requested by library members from Bookshare must be zoned for access by members in the Australian region.
If titles are zoned for a different country region these titles will not be available for loan and as such will not appear in a catalogue search as available.
Bookshare titles that are available to be read will be identified as being in DAISY text format, rather than DAISY audio.
How much will the Bookshare Library membership cost?
There is no fee associated with Vision Australia Library membership. Access to the Bookshare Library collection will be an opt in process. If a library member chooses to also join the Bookshare library, Vision Australia will pay their Bookshare membership fee for the first 12 months. If a library member decides to renew this membership after the first 12 months, they will have to pay the ongoing fee.
This is a special membership rate of US$30.00 (AU$45.00 approx.) per year. If the library member is an NDIS participant, this cost can be claimed under their consumables budget. At this time Bookshare do not offer any hardship considerations to our membership. It is up to the member to decide whether they wish to continue with the Bookshare membership.
To join the Bookshare library, members must provide a written document stating proof of disability, signed by one of the following certifying professionals: Doctor, ophthalmologist, optometrist, neurologist, learning disability specialist, psychologist with a background in disabilities, social worker, education Disability Student Services staff. This document must be posted or emailed to the Library and will be stored in the member's client record.
Will library members who do not wish to join the Bookshare Library still be able to access the Vision Australia Library?
Yes! Regardless of whether library members choose to add a paid Bookshare library membership, they can continue to access the fee-free Vision Australia Library.
How do library members benefit from these changes?
As a result of the update, library members will enjoy:
- Access to more audio and electronic Baille books
- Seamless connection to the Bookshare library and ability to access Bookshare books in the format of their choice
- More accessible and user friendly app and online catalogue
- Compatibility of their existing DAISY online player
- Membership to a global and growing library
- Easy sign up for new library members – so tell your friends to join!
What if I have a question?
Feel free to contact Vision Australia Library on 1300 654 656 or by emailing email@example.com.
What happens when a client has more than 20 titles on loan when they transition to the new Library service?
The loan limit is currently 20 titles on loan at any given time. This limit will remain after the transition to the new LIbrary and includes DAISY and Braille titles.
If you have more than 20 titles on loan when you are advised you will be transitioning to the new Library service soon, there are a couple of options.
- Finish reading and return some books until you have a maximum of 20 titles on loan.
- If you are unable to read the extra books in time, return them and add them to your request list. They will be loaned to you again after enough books have been returned to drop your loans under the 20 limit.
- If you haven’t done either of the above the system will automatically add the excess titles to your request list. They will be at the top of your request list to enable them to loan to you again first, as you return books.
My 3G DAISY player is very slow
If you are using a 3G DAISY player, having 20 books at a time will make the player run slowly. Limiting the number of books on your player to 5 at a time will improve the speed.
What is DAISY Text?
DAISY Text books have no audio recording, but provide the text of the book itself. These books are read with either text-to-speech systems or Braille displays. They will not play as audio books on a DAISY player.
What’s happening with newspapers and magazines?
Newspapers and magazines will be known as Periodicals in i-Access Library. Your current subscriptions will remain in place. This includes sporting fixtures and the Braille new titles list.
Library members can only download periodicals available in the Vision Australia Library collection. Periodicals in the Bookshare collection are not available for VA Library members to download.