Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) Operation: Overview

Overview

There are two players: standard and advanced.

Most patrons will use the eight-button standard player. The advanced player adds five buttons.

Standard eight-button player and the advanced player with additional buttons

Operating the player has four major activities as shown below. Each activity is associated with "How do I...? " questions and answers.

  1. Becoming familiar with the player - directions for unpacking and examining the player
  2. Operating the player - directions for using the various buttons and controls on the standard and advanced player. Both the standard and advanced DTBMs operate by pressing (and in some cases, holding) the various buttons. The Key Describer mode (see first link below) explains each button's function. Each button has a unique color and shape, and is labeled in braille. Some buttons have more than one function, which are described in this training as primary and secondary functions. Most patrons will require use of only the primary functions. Staff will need to know secondary functions to assist patrons with them when necessary.
  3. Configuring the player for patrons - directions for changing the player language and verbosity of descriptive messages
  4. Troubleshooting - directions for resetting the player and contacting NLS

 

How do I...? for Operating the Player

1)  Becoming familiar with the player

Unpack/pack the player
Guide patrons in becoming familiar with the player
Explain safety instructions to the patron
Use the Key Describer mode

2)  Operating the player

Turn the player on and off (Power button)
Insert and/or remove a book
Charge the battery
Start or stop a book (Play/Stop button)
Rewind and/or fast-forward a book (RW/FF buttons)
Change the volume (Volume Up/Volume Down buttons)
Pre-set the player to turn itself off (Sleep button)
Change the reading tone (Tone Up/Tone Down buttons)
Change the reading speed (Speed Up/Speed Down buttons)
Navigate through the book (Menu button) (advanced player)
Jump forward or backward in the book (Prev/Next buttons)(advanced player)
Get information about the player status (Info button) (advanced player)
Insert a bookmark (Mark button) (advanced player)

3)  Configuring the player for patrons

Change the level of verbosity of descriptive messages
Change the player language from English to Spanish
Change the player language from Spanish to English

4)  Troubleshooting

Reset the player if it stops working
Provide feedback about player operation
Provide feedback about this training

 

 

FAQs for Operating the Player

 

Training Tools for Operating the Player

Button Reference Sheet - contains basic information about all button functions in chart form for ready reference.

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MS Word
Rich Text Format
PDF
HTML
Braille

PowerPoint for Introducing Digital Talking Book Machines - This PowerPoint training session provides an overview of the digital talking book machines (DTBMs). Instructions for operating the standard and advanced players are included. Slides can be projected for group training. Extensive speaker notes are provided. Slides and notes can be printed out as handouts.

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PowerPoint

Standard Player User Guide - This document provides information about unpacking and using the standard player including button operation, cartridges, and battery information and safety instructions. It is valuable to keep handy for answering patron questions. You can access the user guide in both Spanish and English.

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Advanced Player User Guide - This document provides information about unpacking and using the advanced player including button operation, cartridges, and battery information and safety instructions. It is valuable to keep handy for answering patron questions. You can access the user guide in both Spanish and English.

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