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Advisory Committee to the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service

Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Crane Room
Lincoln, Nebraska
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:00 p.m.


Persons in Attendance: Jim Berryman and Susan Ledder attended in person. Brad Meurrens, Kristal Platt and John Wick were on conference call.
Members Absent: Kate Borchman, Shelly Gray, Linda Mentink and Beth Pakiz.
Staff Members in Attendance included: Annette Hall and David Oertli.


Main agenda items for the October 9, 2012 meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting:
  • Minutes of the last meeting. Jim moved to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Susan seconded. The motion carried.
  • Consideration of three proposals to change the bylaws: 1) Under Parliamentary Authority, change the author to Robert, Henry Martyn. After limited discussion, the suggested change to the bylaw was accepted by consensus. 2) Under Purpose and Function, add “The Committee will seek appropriate opportunities to communicate the services provided by the Talking Book and Braille Service through library/media associations and such other groups as appropriate.” Strike comparable language for the Chairperson’s duties under Election of Officers and Duties. The attendees discussed whether this duty would be better performed by a committee. John said that a committee is frequently too bulky. A subcommittee or standing committee could be more focused. Brad proposed a PR committee. Kristal and Susan were unclear of the purpose of the subcommittee. The library has PR functions. Brad suggested language to substitute Promote the services of TBBS” and strike the phrase after TBBS. Brad asked if we need a formal committee. Susan suggested that language be written to create the subcommittee if desired. John suggested that the executive committee including the chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary could serve as the subcommittee. Jim moved to table the discussion. Brad seconded. Motion passed. It was referred to the Bylaws committee (Linda, Shelly, Brad) to review the language. 3) Under Election of Officers and Duties, either confirm or strike “Furthermore, the Chairperson will make an annual report on the activities of the Committee to the chairperson of the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries.” The committee discussed whether to leave or strike the language. Susan moved to strike language and Brad seconded. The motion carried.
  • Demonstration and discussion of the Talking Book and Braille Service new online public access catalog. Susan mentioned that the BARD author search is difficult to use because a borrower can only enter one letter when searching the field “browse by author’s last name”. David will try to recreate the problem.
  • Demonstration and discussion of online book and magazine catalogs. NLS Talking Book Topics can be browsed but selections can not be made directly. Susan stated that is well done.
  • Discussion: Are there better ways to make use of our online resources, such as our newsletter and catalogs, for outreach? There was little discussion on this topic; however, Susan mentioned that some mothers in training at the Commission expressed a desire to have more Twin Vision books.
  • What about person-to-person outreach through local events, such as community health fairs? Jim mentioned that he will be at a Grand Island Dental Clinic and is willing to distribute materials. Jim asked about the Vet Hospital. David clarified that TBBS has an ongoing relationship with the Vet Hospitals. All members expressed willingness to facilitate the distribution of information. Kristal had asked to speak about Audio Description. Kristal is planning an Introductory Seminar on Audio Description in Omaha on October 30 at Boys Town Hospital. Her goals in mentioning this to the Library Committee are: 1) Make Committee members aware. 2) Encourage readers to be describers. 3) Determine if the Library sees audio description as part of its mission. It was suggested that college communication and/or theater programs may be interested. Perhaps ACB or other consumer organizations would see it as their mission. Please email Brad at He plans to attend and will send to his network.
  • Adjournment. Jim moved. Brad seconded. The meeting ended at 3:14 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Kristal Platt Secretary

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

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.