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Advisory Committee to the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service

Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Meadowlark Room
Lincoln, Nebraska
Thursday, June 3, 2015, 1:00 p.m.


Main agenda items for the June 3, 2015 meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting: 

  • Welcome; Introductions. Please take a minute or so to tell us about yourselves and what brought you to this committee.
  • Election of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.
  • Minutes of the last meeting.
  • Staff recently attended the Western Conference of Librarians Serving Individuals Who Are Blind and Physically Disabled. We will present the broad national trends; then let’s discuss how these trends are likely to impact service in Nebraska.
  • Our Loan Policy was last revised at the beginning of the transition from cassettes to digital cartridges. We would like you to consider the proposed updates to our Loan Policy for approval.
  • The library has received 3200 peach-colored cartridges, courtesy of the Library of Congress. The color is unique in that other cartridges are white (for the national collection), or green (if purchased by the State of Nebraska). Is there a way that we could use the peach-colored cartridges in such a way that their unique color would indicate something useful for borrowers? We are also being provided with white translucent mailing containers for these cartridges, so their mailers will also have a unique appearance.
  • Outreach ideas? We have been contacting retirement centers, and care facilities, including independent living and assisted living, home health care agencies, and students with disabilities college offices. Respondents received packets of applications and brochures. Outreach to school-age individuals seems to be more difficult. Do you have suggestions?
  • We would like to engage you in a mini-focus group session on the general topic of promoting our service to potential borrowers. For committee members who use our service, try to remember how you first learned about us. When someone first mentioned you might use Talking Books, what was your reaction? Also, if there was a time lag between when you qualified for service and when you signed up, try to remember what might have prompted you to delay talking book service?
  • Date for fall meeting; Adjournment.

For more information contact:
Scott Scholz, Director,
Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
The Atrium, 1200 N St, Ste 120
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.