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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
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 1:30 p.m.

Main agenda items for the October 16, 2007 meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting:

  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Minutes of the last meeting

  • Outreach to support groups: We 've been well received by support group leaders for Parkinson 's, muscular sclerosis, stroke, and VIPS.  We have also provided information to United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, the Arthritis Foundation, and AgriAbility.  What groups are we missing? 

  • Advertising: We 've had ads, both paid and free, and some articles in Nebraska publications of special interest to senior citizens or individuals with disabilities. Examples:  Older Nebraskan 's Voice, PrimeTime, New Horizons, and Prairie Wind (pending).  We 've also had an article in NEMA News, a publication for Nebraska media specialists.  What publications are we missing?

  • Community events: What events are taking place in your community for which you would be willing to staff or help staff a display or make a presentation?

  • Mailing to eye care professionals: We are planning our next mailing to eye care professionals.  What would help to improve the receptivity of the mailing by the medical office staff?  What would make it more likely for the information to reach the optometrist or ophthalmologist? 

  • Digital transition: Briefing on the federal budget for the digital transition.  It looks like we should anticipate a longer transition to digital books and players than we had planned.  If the transition takes five or six years instead of four, we need to continue marketing our program as primarily on cassette. What are your thoughts on how to present our books and magazines as valuable, even though they are in an obsolete format?

  • Marketing to schools: Related to the above question, how do we take a different approach to marketing talking books to schools when they have indicated a strong preference for online and electronic formats?

  • Other items

  • Date for Spring meeting

  • Adjournment

For more information contact Scott Scholz, Director, Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service.
Scott Scholz

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.