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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, September 1, 2004, 9:00 a.m.

PRESENT: Roy Hobley, Candace Laursen, Kay Paulsen, Susan Roe, Cheryl Roblyer, Kathy Tooker, Avis Weiss
ALSO PRESENT: Dave Oertli, Annette Hall, Kay Goehring
REGRET: Carolyn Bennett
ABSENT: Ryan Osentowski

Chair, Roy Hobley called the meeting to order with welcome and introductions. Dave visited with the board on the reason for rescheduling the meeting. In compliance with Open Meeting rules, the meeting needed to be posted. Roll call vote upon financial issues was discussed and will be observed. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved by Kay Paulsen, second by Susan Roe.

FEEDBACK FROM VIPS SESSIONS: What did you hear from attendees? What might we have done differently? Sessions were well attended with 16 in first session and 15 in the second session. Wonderful testimonials were presented by present TBBS patrons. Five or six new patrons were signed up that day, with many inquires on being signed up in the future. Staff and board members felt very positive with the flow, attendance and need to be present at this conference. Candy very graciously offered her expertise for the forthcoming 2005 conference.

IS RECEIVING E-MAIL NOTIFICATION OF NEWSLETTER HELPFUL TO YOU? Board members felt that some TBBS patrons will benefit greatly by the Email service. Most board members stated that they prefer the print copy, as they can gather it up to be read at their convenience. Mailing to Senior Centers as a potential client source was discussed. Kay Goehring stated she believed only one Senior Center was using TBBS services.

UPDATE ON OUTREACH EFFORTS PLUS NEXT STEPS: Dave and Annette shared that 18 volunteers from Union College helped to stuff packets to be sent to 465 addresses across the state, including cover letter, applications, coupon caddy and testimonial. This outreach is greatly needed with overall (nationally) TBBS service being down 15%. Dave stated that outreach is very near and dear to him. Kay Paulsen shared an informational article that she had written for the NEMA newsletter. She will be presenting follow up articles in future editions. Avis inquired about future PSA slots, with Dave stating that new PSA slots are forthcoming. He did not have a time frame on them. Avis also addressed a concern on the PSA presenting a strong message that new TBBS patrons need not be totally blind or read Braille to be set up for service. All qualifications need to be stated very clearly. Dave discussed how Braille may at times be observed as a great hindrance to a borrower (as they may believe that they need to know Braille to use the service), while a young professional finds it a great asset.

POSTER CAMPAIGN FROM NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE: Board members had received the posters via an attachment from Dave for an early preview. Candy described the forth coming poster campaign posters, they were passed around for further review. Every six months (June 04 - Jan. 07) a poster will be released. They are wonderful posters, with each being meaningful to a specific location (library, school, nursing home, eye doctor office, ETC).

OTHER ITEMS: Digital Talking Books are on the horizon, with 2008 as a projected time frame. Dave discussed with the board the description of this much anticipated service. Due to the cost of both services, cassette books will be phased out within a reasonable period. Periodicals however will remain on cassettes indefinitely. Roy shared that through cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind, the Senior Center at 10th and O Street in Lincoln will house items in their computer lab that will benefit those with sight problems. A screen reader (JAWS) and scanner will assist them beginning September 8th. Kernel Books were introduced to board members with a description of what they consist of. They are stories written by blind people of their experiences and testimonials of their dealings with their blindness. The authors range of various ages. The Lincoln office has 22 copies for use, or you may acquire copies from the National Federation of the Blind. Thank you, Kay Paulsen for sharing with us the wonderful article on Roy Hobley and his dear friend. Avis inquired if she may have a supply of magnets to take back to Ogallala with her. Farwell and appreciation for having served on TBBS board from Candy and Cheryl.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: Dave will review dates for the spring meeting and E-mail the set date and time to board members.


Respectfully Submitted by Cheryl Roblyer

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

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.