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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, November 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m.


Main agenda items for the November 13, 2014 meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting: 

  • Minutes from the last meeting.
  • Our revised Reproduction of Materials Policy. This policy indicates the circumstances under which we will duplicate library materials (books and magazines) for circulation to borrowers. The primary changes in this revision are to eliminate reference to cassette tapes, how we replace missing copies, and, since the audio files are now stored on computer, to eliminate the need to maintain a non-circulating master copy.
  • We have been approached by consumer groups of blind individuals requesting the library’s help in publicizing local meetings and receptions. Our mailing list is confidential. What is an appropriate role for the Talking Book and Braille Service in regard to promoting the activities of consumer groups?
  • We have experienced some success with outreach by focusing on specific audiences. For example, we have targeted outreach to individuals who experience Parkinson’s, diabetes, stroke, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, dystonia, and Huntington’s. What groups are we overlooking?
  • The Library of Congress sponsors an online service known as BARD for direct downloads of audio and Braille books and magazines. Individuals and facilities need to sign up for service with us prior to registering with BARD. BARD requires that users have a high-speed internet connection and an email address. A BARD app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Ipod touch devices. Some borrowers who would benefit from BARD may struggle with the required technology. How can we be more proactive in promoting BARD?
  • Thank you to committee members completing terms of service.
  • We have nearly completed the process of having space on the west side of The Atrium building’s first floor renovated for our studios, audio duplication, circulation, and stacks, and are about to move in. We would like to take you on a tour of this new space, if possible, and then discuss what this change may mean for us.
  • Adjournment.

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

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.