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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
Friday, June 3, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
DRAFT Minutes subject to change at the next meeting

Here are the minutes for our Spring meeting held on June 3, for the Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service. The meeting began at 1:30.

Those present were:

Jim Berryman


Kate Borchman


Brenda Elson


Shelly Gray


Beth Lighthipe


Linda Mentink


Mary Trenerry (Committee Chairman)


Brad Meurrens


Sara Mitchell, who represents NEMA, the Nebraska Educational Media



There were 3 staff members present.  They were Scott Scholz, Annette Hall, and

David Oertli.

The minutes from the prior meeting were read and approved.

We held an election for a new secretary. I, yours truly, was elected and am very happy to be able to serve in this capacity.

Our staff gave a wonderful demonstration of BARD. This is an online service that gives one the ability to download audio books and magazines. We want to make sure the BARD is promoted at the Spring NETA conference.

We are working on more outreach to schools, occupational therapists and retirements homes. We want to see if they might be more open somehow, to participating in the service we can make available to them. Many are not aware of what we have to offer and how much difference it can and does make in people's lives, in very positive and affirming ways. We are discussing and trying to evaluate how to approach these care facilities, along with resource teachers and activity directors in schools and retirement homes in ways that might make the presentation of our services received by those on staff more appealing. The, they can in turn, help their people to have a life that is truly worth living.

Once in a while, we offer the people we serve, the opportunity to take a survey our Library Commission has put together. This is so that we can get a clearer picture of how well our people's needs are being met and fulfilled. There were several things covered in this survey. Just to give a couple of examples, those who participated in the survey were asked how quickly they were informed about our services and by who. Most said they had a pretty quick turnaround as to when they needed the service, when they found out about them, and when they actually got involved as clients of the Library Commission Services. There were some who did not find out and some who just did not want to take part. The surprising thing was that some who chose not to take part or promote our services were those who work in fields directly involved with people who have visual disabilities or handicaps. It is always our goal to make sure that we serve as many as possible, and that we serve them well.

There were 13 states represented, along with some members from the Library of Congress at our Western Conference for Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals, held in Golden, Colorado, this year. The topics up for discussion included outreach and marketing efforts, trends in budgeting and eBooks.

We talked about when our next meeting would take place, and decided that a date would be determined a little later on. Our meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:30.

Respectfully submitted by Shelly Gray, current secretary for the Libary Commiission Talking Book and Braille Service Advisory Comittee.

For more information contact

Scott Scholz, Director
Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service.
Scott Scholz

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.