The Massillon Public Library and State Library of Ohio are pleased to announce the Ohio Digital Library now includes a collection of eBooks and videos about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). The Massillon Public Library is a member of the Ohio Digital Library consortium and access to this collection is available on the library’s website. The new collection includes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and covers many aspects of Deaf culture and ASL including language, history, education and instruction. This collection was developed by an Overdrive Account Analyst with a Bachelor of Science degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. With nearly 200 titles, the collection provides a beneficial resource to help increase awareness with the goal of bridging the gap between hearing cultures and Deaf cultures in today’s society.
“This collection of eBooks and videos about Deaf culture and ASL serves as a wonderful complement to the print collection already available at the State Library of Ohio,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain. “We recognize that many fine books about Deaf culture and ASL are not currently available in digital format, and we are dedicated to updating the collection as frequently as possible to keep it both robust and relevant.”
The State Library of Ohio and Massillon Public Library purchase audiobooks and eBooks through the Ohio Digital Library to provide digital resources for the public. Audiobooks and eBooks selected for the Ohio Digital Library reflect a broad spectrum of viewpoints and reader interests, including fiction, children’s literature, skills improvement, life-long learning, health and wellness, literature, and more. The Ohio Digital Library is a consortium of 176 Ohio public libraries. The libraries share a collection of digital media that includes eBooks, audiobooks, magazines (periodicals) and video. The holdings include over 303,000 copies of eBooks, audiobooks, and videos and more than 143,000 individual titles. To view the collection visit the OhioDigitalLibrary.com.