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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, June 8, 2010,1:30 p.m.
DRAFT Minutes subject to change at the next meeting

The Talking Books Advisory Committee met on June 8, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meadowlark Room at the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln.

Members present: Marjorie Harrison, Robert Kalin, Ana Kalin, Shelly Gray, Sara Mitchell, Brenda Elson, Joan Davis, Brad Meurrens, Annette Hall and David Oertli.

Ana Kalin presided over the meeting. Introductions were made with each member explaining his/her interest in Talking Books. It was agreed that there are many reasons that Talking Books are essential to people' s lives. A common misconception is that Talking Books are intended only for the blind, but there is a much broader audience that can benefit from its services.

The topic of how to get the word out about the many services of Talking Books was brought up. That being said, some success has been found in working with the media. Talking books was featured on a segment of "Lincoln Live" on KFOR, and there was also some newspaper coverage in the local paper. In addition, Talking Books has paid for some ads. It was suggested that links be put on various home pages where people who could benefit from the service might see them. Some of the suggestions for links were web pages for Nebraska Advocacy, the Commission for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind of Nebraska and the National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska. As the committee brainstormed, other suggestions were: Lions Clubs of Nebraska and the Great Plains Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Brad said he would see that the link is put on the Nebraska Advocacy website and check out the other sources.

In addition, public service announcements for radio and television were suggested. If these could be done in 15 or 30 second increments, the hope is they will be attention grabbing and provide contact information. Because the FCC requires all stations to put aside a certain amount of advertising for PSA' s, it is hoped that some of these could be done for minimum cost. It was suggested that January is the best month to request PSA' s. Possible outlets for this type of advertising: KOLN-channel 10/11; KZUM radio, and Radio Talking Book.

The committee then watched Farm to Fork, a You-Tube presentation that was very engaging. The three minute video showed services offered by TBBS, who is eligible and the last section could be extended to show how to use the services of talking books. A third video was also suggested to show how the service works on the receiver' s end.

The new digital players have been a great success. Within the next couple of years-2012 being the target date-all Nebraska books will be transferred onto cartridge. Ideas were discussed about how to prioritize which books should be transferred and in what order. It was suggested that we first look at the most popular books in circulation. From there, the second priority might be books of Nebraska interest such as football, weather, Nebraska history, Nebraska authors, and it was also felt that including authors with disabilities or authors who write about living with disabilities be a priority. Finally, a third priority should focus on juvenile and young adult material. Books by Dianne Gray and Rosekrans Hoffman were suggested as high interest novels. Lincoln' s Writers Wordshop might also have suggestions. The contact person for this group is Dean Settle.

The Nebraska Advocacy group, ARC of Nebraska, and Independent Living will hold a rally on July 26, 2010. The focus of the rally will be a reminder of what is included and the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried.

For more information contact

Scott Scholz, Director
Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service.
402-471-6553
800-742-7691
Scott Scholz


For more information, contact Scott Scholz.