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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 20, 2002

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dave Oertli
402-471-4005
800-742-7691

Four New Members Appointed to Advisory Committee

The Nebraska Library Commission announced that Karen Drevo, Chair of the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries, recently appointed four new members to the Advisory Committee of the Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service. New to the Committee are Roy Hobley, Lincoln; Bruce Howe, Wood River; Deb McWilliams, Syracuse; and Kathy Tooker, Omaha. Alisa Gunther, of Gering, was appointed to a second two-year term.

The Committee represents the needs of borrowers and offers advice concerning policies, services, and programs. The Nebraska Library Commission's Talking Book and Braille Service is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries headed by the National Library Service, a division of the Library of Congress.

The Talking Book & Braille Service provides free books and magazines on cassette and in Braille to individuals with a visual or physical condition or a reading disability which limits use of regular print. The collection of books and magazines is similar to those found in a public library. Special cassette players are provided free of charge. The DVS' Video Collection offers audio description of the visual elements of movie and public television program videos. Books and magazines on tape, videos, and players are mailed to and from the Nebraska Library Commission postage-free. This library service is available to individuals, as well as schools and other facilities, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and senior citizen centers.

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As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans.  The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.

The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page. Point your World Wide Web browser to nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Library Commission News Releases.


For more information, contact Mary Jo Ryan.