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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
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m.


Main agenda items for the November 18th meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting:

  • Welcome; Introductions.
  • Minutes of the last meeting.
  • Update on staff transitions: David Oertli has retired, Scott Scholz is Acting Director.
  • Outreach ideas? We have been contacting retirement centers, care facilities, various health care groups, and educational groups. We have also been working on having a presence in print, television, and radio media, with occasional PSA spots on KZUM, a recent article in Lincoln 55+ magazine, and a segment on Live and Learn on 5-City TV. What are some other ideas?
  • Newsletter? As one of our main regular forms of communication with patrons, we are wondering if it would be useful to re-evaluate some of the content or format of our bimonthly Interchange newsletter, which is distributed in large print, braille, and audio.
  • Unrated NLS books. The National Library Service is getting some new audiobooks directly from publishers, which are then turned into NLS-format digital talking books made available on cartridge and through the download website BARD. This increases the number of books we receive significantly. However, these books come “unrated,” meaning they have no indications for strong language, sex, or violence, which other NLS books have. Many patrons choose to exclude books in those categories—what might be some options to help these new books circulate more?
  • Date for spring meeting; adjournment.

A tour of our new circulation and studio area to follow if committee members are interested.

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.