DATE:January 27, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA - Signing Savvy, a free online sign language dictionary, is now available to Broward County Library customers. With your Broward County Library card, you can access this valuable online resource that will help you learn and remember American Sign Language (ASL).
Signing Savvy contains several thousand high-resolution videos of American Sign Language signs, finger-spelled words and other common signs used within the U.S. and Canada. It also includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists, share lists with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases and more.
Users of Signing Savvy can browse the site by categories such as letters, numbers, colors, animals, finger spelling, world geography and more. Users open up their own account with the site, which can be accessed with your Broward County Library card from any computer. The site also includes articles and information that can help anyone learn American Sign Language or improve their existing ASL skills.
The Signing Savvy website, which was launched in 2009, was founded by educators, interactive media designers and sign language experts that have a combined 40 years of experience in sign language education. Signing Savvy’s goal is to provide the tools needed to enhance sign language education and assist in day-to-day sign language communication needs.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.