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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
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m.


Main agenda items for the June 3, 2014 meeting include the following but may be modified at such meeting:

Persons in Attendance:

  • Beth Pakiz
  • Patricia Candy
  • Jim Berryman
  • John Wick
  • Kristal Platt
  • Susan Ledder
  • Kate Borchman
  • Elizabeth Evermann
  • Linda Mentink
  • Scott Scholz
  • Annette Hall
  • Kay Goehring
  • David Oertli

Minutes of the last meeting. Susan moved to approve minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.

Our revised Reproduction of Materials Policy. This policy indicates the circumstances under which we will duplicate library materials (books and magazines) for circulation to borrowers. The primary changes in this revision are to eliminate reference to cassette tapes, how we replace missing copies, and, since the audio files are now stored on computer, to eliminate the need to maintain a non-circulating master copy.
The Library of Congress is no longer providing a copy of all productions to all libraries.
Pat moved to approve the policy as updated. Jim seconded. Motion carried.

We have been approached by consumer groups of blind individuals requesting the library’s help in publicizing local meetings and receptions. Our mailing list is confidential. What is an appropriate role for the Talking Book and Braille Service in regard to promoting the activities of consumer groups?
David contacted other libraries to see how they handle similar requests. All libraries treat their address lists confidentially. Some libraries pass on these requests. Others send out announcements in newsletters, emails or mailings.
There was a lengthy discussion regarding this issue. Many blindness organization requests may affect staff time to accommodate. Perhaps information about the organizations can be provided in the Library newsletter on an annual basis but not become part of a community calendar to provide all organizational events. The Interchange is sent out six times per year. Beth recommended against frequent emails.

We have experienced some success with outreach by focusing on specific audiences. For example, we have targeted outreach to individuals who experience Parkinson’s, diabetes, stroke, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, dystonia, and Huntington’s. What groups are we overlooking?
There was discussion of when the Library distributed information with Jim’s help to the Angels of Mercy in 2013.
Other groups may include: Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, dyslexia, special education and rheumatoid arthritis.
The Coalition of Vision Resources (CVR) will be distributing brochures to ophthalmology offices in Omaha. Some library brochures can be distributed at this time.

The Library of Congress sponsors an online service known as BARD for direct downloads of audio and Braille books and magazines. Individuals and facilities need to sign up for service with us prior to registering with BARD. BARD requires that users have a high-speed internet connection and an email address. A BARD app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Ipod touch devices. Some borrowers who would benefit from BARD may struggle with the required technology. How can we be more proactive in promoting BARD?
Susan appreciates the BARD downloads. She feels BARD is getting better but still has some bugs for instance the screen cannot be turned off while downloading to save battery life.
Wish list—more of a book description for BARD selections.
Book Share can get one year free through the library.
Information through Bard is available longer than books on shelves.

Thank you to committee members completing terms of service. Thank you to Jim, Kate, Linda and Beth.

We have nearly completed the process of having space on the west side of The Atrium building’s first floor renovated for our studios, audio duplication, circulation, and stacks, and are about to move in. We would like to take you on a tour of this new space, if possible, and then discuss what this change may mean for us.
Space went from 12,845 square feet (including the agency’s training rooms) to 8,970, but not near as much information is stored in means other than digitally so less room is required. Sound studios are updated and upgraded. The studios are cooler, ventilated, less likely to have water damage, and are now on the main floor.


Respectfully submitted,
Kristal Platt, Secretary

For more information contact:

Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
(402) 471-6553 | (800) 742-7691

For more information, contact Scott Scholz.