By: Martin Courcelles, Specialist, Web Accessibility and Adaptive Technology
In the last decade, there have been many changes for our CNIB library patrons. Take for example, the move from cassette-based audiobooks to DAISY CDs. We have taken upon ourselves to raise the bar, electronically anyway. Drum roll please.
Today, we are introducing the all new service called Direct to Player.
What is it and why would you want it?
Essentially, it's magic. Okay, not really. It would be if you were teleported from the 1800s and didn't know anything about technology, but I digress. Suffice it to say, Direct to Player is exactly that. Books that you choose, or that fall in your preference categories are sent directly to your player via the internet. How cool is that? I'll tell you. The library is presently getting into its busy holiday season. CDs are being sent to you via snail mail. Typically at this time of year, many of our patrons will notice a service slow down. This is generally the time of year where phone calls of "where are my books!" ramp up. This sort of scenario could be a thing of the past for many of our patrons who decide to start using this service. Direct to Player also means that whatever you select via the CNIB Library web page or through the phone with one of our Helpline Specialists, it will appear instantly on your player.
How does it work?
First, you need to have wireless internet, (also referred to as WIFI), and a compatible internet-ready player. If you already own such a beast, call the CNIB library to find out if it will work with the service. If it does, your account will be modified to enable this service and you will be transferred to our Client Support Specialists in order to setup the player itself. Otherwise, our advisors will be able to give you information on how to acquire an internet-ready player which will be fully configured with your Direct to Player profile. All you will need to do is connect it to the internet, turn it on and wait for the books to appear.
Getting connected to the Internet
In order to get the service up and running, the wireless connection will have to be setup on your player.
A few pieces of information will be needed for this to be successful. Fear not, as our specialists are there to help you through these technological hurdles. The following is a quick list of terms and their significance as it relates to your WIFI setup.
SSID: This is the name that your internet router is transmitting. This name may have been set by your internet provider when they set up your service.
Network Security Protocol: Your wireless service is protected by encryption. There are a variety of security protocols out there such as WEP, WPA and WPA2 to mention a few. Your player will support the protocol, but it needs to know which one that it should use.
WIFI password: To complete security, your WIFI service should have a password. You will need to know what this is in order to be able to connect the player.
Again, if this is all mumbo jumbo to you, our specialists will help you find this info and set you up. Many tools are at their disposal, which will make your Direct To Player connection a true breeze.
Even though the above steps may sound daunting to you, I would highly urge you to try this new service. Our knowledgeable library staff will be with you through the whole process in order to ease the transition. It's an ultra-convenience that I certainly cannot live without after trying it for a couple of weeks now. Once I'm done a book, I delete it and another one appears in its place. I can go online, choose a book, pick the Direct To Player option and it appears on the player in a few seconds. No need to download a book to my PC and transfer it to my player. If there is no room on the player, it goes in a queue and will show up once I make room.
Well, that's it for now. I've got some high-brow poetry to read. I really need to get my automatic profile changed.