Assistive Technology Available for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Photo of an Interpretype machine

Hi, my name is Holly.  I am one of the library technicians in the Durham Tech Campus Library.  You’ll usually see me at the desk in the evenings and most Saturdays.

If you have been in the library in the evenings or on Saturdays, you may have noticed that there is a tiny laptop that sits near the computers at the circulation desk.

This little computer is called an Interpretype.  I am hard of hearing, so I use this device to communicate with people at the desk more efficiently.  People with hearing loss have more difficulty filtering out all of the unnecessary noise, like typing, copy machines, talking, etc.  Often people who speak fast or have accents are more challenging to hear as well.

The Interpretype is simple to use as long as you are familiar with a computer and with instant messaging.  If not, then there’s always the option to just write down your request.

Steps for Using the Interpretype

1. Hit the ENTER key first so that the question will go into the correct text box.

2. Type your question.  Some questions only require simple phrases like “need change”, or “math 70.”

3. Your question will show up on my computer and I will respond accordingly.

The Interpretype is also available for any library patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have any other communication barriers that can be overcome by using this device.

photo of a sign at the library front desk advertising the new Interpretype servicesHelp Spread the Word…

Help me serve you better by spreading the word.  The more people who are familiar with how the device works, the more quickly I can provide assistance.

For More Information

If you’d like to know more about the Interpretype and how it works, visit the official website at:

Cool Resource: NC LIVE’s NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a great tool for readers and book clubs.  It is designed to help you find information on your favorite titles, authors, or series, including recommendations for your next great read.

image of a girl reading under a tree with the text "NoveList Plus"

NoveList Plus features:

Book discussion guides

Author Read-alikes

Award-winners lists

Happy browsing and reading with NoveList Plus! Remember to ask the library for a password if you would like to access this resource remotely via NC LIVE.

Citation Workshops for Students

Do you want to learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism?  Do you want some hands-on practice creating citations? Do you want to be more comfortable using MLA and APA citation styles?

If so, please join us for a Citation Workshop in the ERC Computer Lab classroom 520

Tues. Nov. 29th 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Workshop Objectives:
-Learn to determine why, when, and how to cite sources
-Learn to locate and follow proper citation guidelines for MLA and APA formats
-Learn how to avoid plagiarism
-Practice creating citations

No pre-registration is required but each workshop is limited to the first 30 participants.

At the end of the workshop you will be given a certificate to verify your attendance.

Citation Workshops flyer

Welcome to Durham Tech Library’s New Blog!

Welcome to the Durham Tech Library blog!

I have been a librarian at Durham Tech since October 1989. In the past year, we have made significant improvements to the library space. Some of these, such as a library classroom and better soundproofing, have been needed since the library opened in 1987.

In addition to new paint and carpet, we created a large group study room (learning commons), doubled the size of the computer lab to create a library instruction classroom/open computer lab, and added acoustical panels and sound masking. We also replaced all the chairs in the library.

It is our hope that students with all learning styles can find a comfortable place to study in the library.

According to the network administrator for the college, a greatly improved wireless network will be in place by the end of 2011.

Please let us know how we can help you to be successful in your classes at Durham Tech.

All the best,

Irene Laube