APH Louis website gets a makeover and improves search

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) celebrates the launch of a completely redesigned Louis website and an updated search interface. Named after Louis Braille, the Louis Database is a free national service designed to enable schools, families and adults to quickly locate information about accessible textbooks and other materials available in the United States in one only research.

“We wanted to make the website faster, easier to navigate, more user-friendly and completely accessible for our users,” said Nicole Gaines, Director of APH Resource Services. “Our goal is to provide our users with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the availability of accessible educational materials.”

The database contains information on over 240,000 accessible books from 75 agencies. The unified search option at Louis, which includes partners Bookshare, Learning Ally and NIMAC, brings the total number of documents to over 1.1 million. Formats found in Louis include braille, large print, audio and a range of accessible digital formats.

Louis is designed to make it easier to locate accessible materials and it also supports the national community of braille transcribers by helping them avoid duplication of effort. Louis not only provides information on available materials, but also on braille materials being developed by transcription agencies, including the APH. This allows agencies to focus their transcription efforts on books that are not yet available or in development at another organization, freeing up limited resources to go further and, ultimately, more. titles available to users.

Louis’ new website offers filters and advanced search functions designed to help the researcher find exactly the accessible documents they need. Searches may be limited by grade or age group, language, and format, including Braille, large print, electronic files, and audio/sound. A new advanced search is also available on the site. These new tools provide a robust search interface for documents from Louis’ contributing agencies and our unified search partners. Louis’ new website also features a redesigned search for the AMP database and for the APH Library Catalog, including the AFB Migel Memorial Collection.

The new site will also allow customers to add digital and paper APH textbooks listed in Louis to the cart and purchase them through the APH website. The hope is that users will have a simplified shopping experience for the manuals found in Louis and other products offered on www.APH.org.

To see the new site, visit https://louis.aph.org.

Edwin S. Wolfe