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NEW ONLINE CATALOG
April 1st our online catalog underwent a major upgrade which added a variety of
new features we’d like to highlight.
most noticeable change is an overhaul of the Search feature. The search
process has been simplified so you only have to type in your search term
without worrying about selecting the correct type of search (author, title,
subject, etc). And your search results
can now be filtered so you can more easily find the book(s) you are most
interested in. For example, you can
search using the term “mysteries”, then filter your results to find just
humorous mysteries with available copies that were published within the last 6
months that don’t have explicit sex.
That would narrow down hundreds of results to just a dozen or two.
also added a Browse page where you
can peruse lists of our most recent or popular books, as well as other curated
lists that rotate as trends change. If
you click the See More link at the
bottom of a list you’ll be taken to a results page where you can again filter
the list to narrow it down. These
browsing lists are a great way to find good reads you wouldn’t normally discover.
you click on a title on any Results
or Browse list you’ll be taken to a
page with a full record for that book.
This page is very helpful because here you’ll find all the information
about the book, including the author’s name, the narrator’s name, and a complete
list of the local and Library of Congress (LC) subject headings used to catalog
the book. Now you’ll know the exact
keywords to search for to find similar books, and you can search like a pro!
Quick Requests page lets you submit
requests for books you already have the DB numbers for in easy and rapid
fashion. You’ll need to log in to your
account using your username and password first, which we recommend doing as
soon as you arrive at the catalog’s homepage.
speaking of your account, you’ll now be able to access a lot more information
about your account once you log in. You
can review what you currently have checked out to your account, what books are
on your request list, your current reading preferences, and your complete
reading history, which you can browse and sort depending on your needs.
you have any questions about the new online catalog, including what your
username and password are, please feel free to contact us at 800-452-0292 or email@example.com.
We’re here to help!
BIBLE OF YOUR OWN
you’re interested in getting a copy of the Bible you can keep, there are
several options available to you, depending on the format you want.
those users interested in getting their own audio copy of the Bible, Aurora
Ministries is a reputable and reliable organization devoted to providing Bibles
to people with print disabilities. They
have four English translations: the King James, the New King James, the New
English Standard, and the World English Bible.
Both Old and New Testaments come on a single cartridge just like the
ones we send out. They do require a $15
donation to cover the cost of the cartridge, or you can send them a flash drive
or cartridge you’ve purchased. You can contact
Aurora Ministries at 941-748-3031, or visit their website at www.audiobiblesfortheblind.org. We also have pre-certified Aurora Ministry
order forms we can send to our registered users upon request.
in Braille are available for free from Braille Bibles International. They also offer large print copies at low
prices. You can get an 18 point font
King James Bible for a donation of $10, or a 24 point font copy for a donation
of $20. They do require a certification
of visual impairment, which we can provide.
If you are interested, contact Braille Bibles International at
800-522-4253 or info@BrailleBibles.org.
LDS Church produces a cartridge with English translations of four scriptures,
including the LDS Edition of the King James Bible, the Book of Mormon, the
Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The cartridge costs $10, and can be found on
their website www.store.lds.org.
BARD users can download either an audio or electronic Braille copy of the Bible
in the King James version. The book
numbers for the Bible are DB 68777 for the audio version and BR 14943 for the
Braille. These files are quite large, so
be sure you have a flash drive or cartridge with 2 GB of storage.
ON TV AND AT MOVIE THEATERS
years our Talking Books library has offered a selection of Descriptive Videos
to our users, but what if you want to watch primetime television or new movies
in a theater setting? Well, thanks to
several groundbreaking advancements in telecommunications accessibility, now
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) mandates
that several of the most popular TV networks must include descriptive audio as
part of some of their primetime and children’s programming. These networks include ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC,
USA, the Disney Channel, TNT, Nickelodeon, and TBS. To inform viewers what shows are described
and when they air in your area, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has
created a described TV listing you can access online at www.afb.org/tv. For more information you can contact the AFB
Director of Public Policy at 202-469-6833 or MRichert@afb.net.
you’re more of a movie fan, you can enjoy described narration at theaters
across the state (and country). Many
companies like Regal, AMC, and Cinemark offer special headsets and other
assistive technology that enable visually impaired or hard-of-hearing
movie-goers to enjoy new releases in the theater.
find movie titles that offer descriptive narration or closed captioning:
your local theater and ask about accessible titles.
movie listings noted with DN / CC / Accessibility Devices. Different companies use different codes.
www.captionfish.com. All movie titles and show times listed on
this website include DN / CC.
what happens if you miss the movie in theaters?
Don’t worry; an increasing number of DVDs include a descriptive video
audio option. The Audio Description
Project website keeps a running list of DVDs with the DVX 2.0 soundtrack
available for purchase: http://www.acb.org/adp/dvds.html. The list is organized by release year. You will need a sighted person to help access
the descriptive video option from the DVDs audio menu.
you’re a magazine user and you’re going to be on vacation, we recommend letting
us know so we can put your magazines on hold while you’re gone. This way they don’t sit idle and result in
overdue notices. All you need to do is
call us at 800-452-0292 or email is at firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you’ll be gone so we
know when to start and when to end the hold.
you get back home you won’t have missed anything, since we can select the back
issues you skipped to send all at once.
If you’re gone for a long time, however, it may be best to select just a
few back issues so you don’t receive too many issues to get through in the loan
period for the cartridge.
Books is beginning the recruitment process to fill several positions on our
Advisory Council that will become vacant at the end of the year:
- Parent of Minor User: the parent of an active registered
user who is 17 years old or younger
- Senior Citizen User: an active registered user age 50 or
- User at Large: any active registered user age 18 or older
are accepting nominations for these volunteer positions through October 10th,
with final appointments being made by the Oregon State Library Board of
Trustees on December 12th.
Talking Books Advisory Council meets quarterly, and Council members are welcome
to participate in meetings either in person or by conference call. Terms last for four (4) years, and members
can serve up to two (2) consecutive terms.
The regular business of the Advisory Council includes hearing reports
from the State Librarian and the Talking Books Program Manager about the status
of Talking Books, advising the OSL Board of Trustees regarding the use and
expenditure of Talking Books donation funds, and providing insights and
recommendations for service improvement.
you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else who qualifies for one
of these positions, or if you have any questions or require clarification,
please contact the Talking Books Program Manager Susan Westin at 503-378-5435
or email@example.com. Council members are encouraged to have an
active email account for ease of communication, but it is not required.
an interim measure in advance of the issuing of tactile-enhanced Federal
Reserve notes, the National Library Service has agreed to partner with the
Bureau of Engraving and Printing in distributing its iBill® currency readers.
The pocket-sized readers slide right over the top of U.S. currency banknotes only,
and provide audio feedback for the value of the bill. These currency readers are being distributed free
to qualifying individuals.
National Library Service is scheduled to begin distributing currency readers to
users who are blind or visually impaired later this year. Only registered Talking Books users can get
one of the currency readers before December 31, 2014. In January 2015, the
program will open to all U.S. residents and U.S. citizens living abroad who are
blind or visually impaired.
devices will not be available until late fall, but you can contact us now to
express your interest in getting one.
Your name and address will be kept on file so that a currency reader can
be sent to you when it becomes available.
Please call us at 800-452-0292, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at Talking Books,
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St NE, Salem, OR 97301.
additional questions or comments about the U.S. Currency Reader Program you may
call the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at (844) 815-9388 or email email@example.com.
REFERRER OF THE
1932 the Talking Books program was started to benefit veterans who could no
longer see to read standard-sized print.
Since then our library has been opened to all U.S. citizens with a
qualifying print disability, but we’ve still retained our priority to serve
veterans first. In this spirit we’d like
to highlight our second Referrer of the Quarter: Jodi Roth.
coordinates the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Program at the Portland
VA Medical Center. She has been
referring veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen to our library for years. The VIST Program supports blind and vision
impaired veterans in regaining their independence and quality of life, and
helps their family with information and training to foster the provision of
appropriate support. We salute you, Jodi
like Jodi Roth, if you believe our library can benefit someone you know, maybe
a family member, friend, neighbor, or even a stranger you meet, tell them about
Talking Books. You can call us and ask
us for an application, or give them our phone number: 800-452-0292. We need your help, and you really can make a
SURVEY THANK YOU
past spring our Delta Gamma volunteers and staff made calls to 710 randomly
selected users in order to find our how well they feel our library is serving
them. Their ratings and suggestions for
improvement are key for us to know where we are doing well so we can keep it
up, and how our library needs to adapt moving forward.
feedback really does make a difference, and while we may not be able to make
every change that is recommended, we are committed to being a creative and
innovative library for our users. We
sincerely appreciate your support and encouragement, especially through this
past year. Your kind words, thoughts,
and actions mean as much to us as we hope our books mean to you.
of the respondents want us to keep the supply and selection of books up and the
turn-around time down, which does not come as a surprise. However, one user had a great suggestion for
how to make sure our library can ensure both: “have a couple of billionaires
donate buckets of money to hire more staff.”
We’ll get right on that one!
TALKING BOOKS ON VINE
Talking Books in now on the social network site Vine, where users can
post and view short 6-second videos. The
videos we’re posting are designed to give quick vignettes into how our library
works, who our staff are, and what they do, all with a twist of humor to make
them entertaining. You’ll see real staff
members in their native habitats, the entire download process for BARD and BARD
Mobile reduced to 6-seconds, and a slightly-exaggerated take on our delivery
process now and what it could be like in 100 years. If you have a Vine account, or know someone
who does, you can find and follow us by searching for the username
“ORTalkingBooks”. Share these videos
with friends and family. Get people
talking about Talking Books!
JOIN THE IRENE PRICE
years ago, Thomas Price of Grants Pass left a large portion of his estate to
Talking Books. His bequest was made in
memory of his wife Irene, who enjoyed Talking Books throughout her
lifetime. Thomas’ bequest made it
possible to establish the Talking Books Endowment Fund. Since then, many other visionary individuals
have helped build the Endowment Fund through their gifts. We named this group of individuals the Irene
How do you join the Irene Price Society? Simply let us
know Talking Books is included in your estate planning. Creating a legacy bequest is a way to support
a service you love like Talking Books in a long-term way. This process can be done in several ways: by
naming Talking Books in your will or living trust, or designating Talking Books
as a beneficiary of an individual retirement plan or life insurance policy.
invite you to become a member of the Irene Price Society. There is much more to
tell you about creating your legacy. Read more on our website http://www.oregon.gov/osl/TBABS/Pages/Planned-Giving.aspx, or contact Robin
Speer at 503-378-5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TALKING BOOKS CLOSURES
will be closed on the following legal holidays:
that holidays create mail delays for both incoming and outgoing books. Be sure to get any requests in several days
ahead of these dates to have a chance of receiving them.
- September 1, Labor Day
- November 11, Veterans’ Day
- November 27, Thanksgiving