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a free service that grants users access to current local and national
newspapers and magazines over the phone, has introduced several new features
that now allow users to take their news with them wherever they go. The NFB-Newsline
Mobile App, NFB-Newsline In Your
Pocket, and Podable News options
easily connect a user’s iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, purchased digital player, or
MP3-enabled device with their NFB-Newsline account.
The NFB-Newsline Mobile App is a free app
available for any NFB-Newsline subscriber with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
(sorry, but at this point the app is not available for Android or other
smartphones). You can search for the app
in the iTunes store, and then download it to your iDevice. Once the app is installed all you need to do
is log in with your 6-digit user ID and 4-digit pin, and you have instant
access. It’s that easy. The app is fully compatible with Apple’s
Voice Over® software.
NFB-Newsline In Your
and Podable News use free software
programs to download publications for listening on portable devices. NFB-Newsline
In Your Pocket works with devices like the Victor Reader Stream,
Icon/Braille+, BookSense, and BookPort Plus.
download of their free software program, you only need to plug your device into
your computer with a USB cord, launch the program, and your favorite newspapers
and magazines will be placed on your device automatically. Podable News works with any MP3 or DAISY-supported player. When you launch this free program, your
selected publications will download as MP3 files onto your computer, which you
can copy over to your device. For both
programs you will need
to set up your FAVORITES list for the content that you want to have downloaded (see
the NFB-Newsline Online website for instructions). These services automate each process to make
it as easy as possible for people who feel less than technologically savvy.
NFB-Newsline Online’s website at http://www.nfbnewslineonline.org/ for more information. If you already have a Newsline account, these
features are available to you immediately.
For anyone interested in signing up for a free NFB-Newsline account,
please contact us at 800-452-0292 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be
aware it can take up to two weeks for your account to be created.
TALKING BOOK TOPICS
two months many of you receive a catalog of book titles called Talking Book Topics. This catalog is created by the National
Library Service (NLS) for all members of the Talking Books program throughout
the country, including our residents here in Oregon, and is intended to
advertise books that have been recently added to the NLS collection. Here are a few tips for how to use this
Talking Book Topics includes Order
forms in the back that enable users to mark which books they’d be interested in
receiving. However, the term Order form
is a bit of a misnomer. It’s best to
think of these forms as Request forms, since we only have a limited number of
copies of each book and cannot always immediately send out each book to each
person who wants it. Popular books by
popular authors may have quite a waitlist for them.
always remember to return your request forms to us here at Talking Books in
Oregon. The return address on the back
of the catalog is for CMLS, the company that handles the labeling and mailing
of the catalogs for users across the country.
You can return forms to them, but it may take several weeks for them to
reroute those request forms back to us here in Oregon where your requests are
processed. Our mailing address is 250
Winter St NE, Salem, OR 97301. You can
also call in or email us with your requests.
Just be sure to include the number of each book you are interested in
try to keep the number of books you request at a reasonable level. If you are a person who receives books by
automatic selection, you do not need to mark every book that matches your
subject preferences because our computer system will make those selections for
you. You only need to mark specific
titles that you are especially interested in reading. That way we know which books you are most
interested in, and you’ll have a better chance of getting them instead of
something else you’re only somewhat interested in.
it’s important to remember that newer requests go out before older requests, so
older requests can sometimes get buried beneath a whole bunch of your newer
requests and never go out. Requests that are more than 1 year old are
automatically expired every April.
In order to keep your request list at a reasonable level to ensure you
get as many of them as possible before they expire, we recommend marking up to
30-40 titles per Talking Book Topics,
especially for patrons who only read 2-4 books a week.
people who use BARD can download an audio version of Talking Book Topics directly from BARD. Talking
Book Topics is listed with the other magazines, and there are back issues
available as well. We can also load an
audio copy of Talking Book Topics
onto a flash drive or blank cartridge for you if you do not use BARD. Contact us for more information and a letter
detailing the process.
of our beloved long-standing volunteers, Clyde Mullin, was recently awarded the
Governor’s 2012 Statewide Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at a
banquet on November 9, 2012, in Salem.
Clyde, at 95 years old, has been an active volunteer all his life, and
has logged over 8,400 hours in 21 years of volunteering with Talking Books
helping to repair cassette machines. His
efforts have saved the State of Oregon over $212,000 in repair costs, and he is
still coming in every other Tuesday to pick up and drop off more cassette
addition to his service to Talking Books, Clyde has also been volunteering with
Meals On Wheels since 1994. He sometimes
delivers 5 days a week, 14 meals a day, to home-bound people in the
Salem-Keizer community. Clyde’s smiling
face, bright eyes and gentle laughter have been a source of joy and
encouragement to literally hundreds, possibly thousands, of home-bound folks
over the 18 years he has driven for the program. He not only donates his time, but also the
use of his car and the gas it takes to drive it. This level of generosity has saved
Salem-Keizer Meals On Wheels over $120,000, which if you add that to the costs
he has saved Talking Books, is over $332,000!
are truly honored to know Clyde. He is a
man with a sweet, gentle soul and a warm, caring and giving heart. Throughout his whole life he has faithfully
served his family, community and the State of Oregon. His contributions continue to affect hundreds
of people on a daily basis. Clyde emulates a lifetime of commitment and
generosity and is most deserving of the recognition and honor of the 2012
Oregon Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award.
BARD downloadable book service has recently undergone an upgrade, adding a lot
of new features and content to an already awesome program. This “new” BARD includes:
books for download: remember, the B in BARD stands for Braille. The Web-Braille service has now merged into
BARD, so users can find both audio and Braille books from the same source.
BARD users can now download audio and Braille music instructional materials.
Wish List: if you want to save a book for download later, you can now add it to
your My Wish List. Once you download the
book, it will automatically be removed from your My Wish List.
Previous Downloads: now you can see a list of all the books and magazines you
settings: if it is easier for you to use BARD in black and white rather than
color, or if you only want to see results for audio or Braille instead of both,
you can make these changes to your account.
you are interested in signing up to use BARD, you can visit our website at www.tbabs.org and follow the links
on our homepage to the application, or you can contact us for assistance. There are detailed, step-by-step instructions
on our BARD information page, as well as information for purchasing blank
cartridges and flash drives. Happy
our last newsletter we’ve had quite a few staff changes and additions here in
Talking Books, and we’re excited to finally be fully staffed again considering
it’s been over a year since we’ve had a full team! Here’s the inside scoop on the new faces in
October we hired Crystal Grimes to fill one of our Circulation Technician
positions. She comes to us from the
Dallas Public Library, where she had worked for three years as a library
assistant. Now she helps us mail books
out in the morning and check in returned books in the afternoon. Crystal spends her free time reading fantasy
and science fiction books, and is in the process of writing some of her own
stories. Her favorite authors include
C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Patricia Briggs, and Jane Austin.
November our other Circulation Technician, Meagan Button, was promoted to our
Readers’ Advisory Coordinator position.
She is now our primary front desk staff member, as well as the
coordinator for our Newsline and Braille services. Meagan will also be working on call plans to
help keep our users active and happy.
She and her husband are expecting a new baby boy in the spring.
December we hired our newest Circulation Technician, Brandon Button, to fill
our final open position. He comes to us
from Roth’s Fresh Markets, and will be working with Crystal to ensure our books
go out and come in efficiently. Brandon
is crazy about movies, having seen over 2500 of them, and likes to read up on
join us in welcoming Crystal and Brandon and congratulating Meagan on her
promotion. And thank you to all our
users for your patience as we’ve worked through several staff shortages this
year. We really appreciate your support.
END OF BOOK MESSAGE
you may hear the “end of book” message when you start playing a newly received
cartridge. Oftentimes you hear this
message because you have already read the book, or because there is a slight
error with your player. In most cases resetting
the player profile will correct this issue.
the profile on your player returns the player to factory default settings. This action will remove all the progress
bookmarks your player has stored in its memory.
Overtime your player stores up too many bookmarks and needs to have them
wiped clean. You will lose your place in
any books you are currently reading, so be sure to make a note of where you are
so you can fast forward to that spot after the reset.
reset the profile you will need to do the following:
· Place your left index finger on the TONE UP button.
· Place your right index finger on the SPEED UP button.
· Place your right thumb on the VOLUME UP button.
· Place your left thumb on the POWER button.
· Press and hold all 4 buttons simultaneously until you
hear your player beep and say, "Creating new profile".
resetting the player profile does not correct the issue, please call Talking
Books at 800-452-0292 for further help.
HOW TO RETURN BOOKS
our newer patrons, we wanted to include a quick refresher for how you return
the books you have finished reading. All
of our books have a 6-week loan period, but you are more than welcome to return
books as soon as you want.
return a book, just flip the mailing card on the bottom side of the container
over. This card will be showing your
name and address when you receive the book, and has our return address and the
Free Matter postage designation already printed on the opposite side. You can tell the card is showing our return
address when the hole punched in the card is in the top-left corner. There is no need to put any stamps or other
postage on the mailing card; all books are returned to us at no cost to
you. Just place the container with the
mailing card showing our return address in your home mailbox or in any USPS
mail drop. That is all you need to do.
you need a replacement mailing card, contact us at 800-452-0292 and we can send
you one. Just let us know your full
name, spelling your last name, your phone number, and how many mailing cards
you need. We look up your address and
get the mailing cards out to you as soon as possible. Thanks.
CDESK FOR MEDIA
you ever wanted to try BARD, our downloadable book service, but have been
hesitant because you feel like a beginner when it comes to using a
computer? For those readers who find the
process too difficult with a screen reader, too confusing for a beginner, or
who have had other technical problems, there is a product you can purchase that
may help simplify the BARD download process.
The product is called CDESK for Media by AdaptiveVoice, a high contrast,
Large Print, fully-speech enabled program for Windows PCs that reduces the BARD
download process to just 3 steps:
the book title or author’s name in the search feature
the book you want from the results list
CDESK for Media will automatically download, extract, and transfer the
book from BARD onto your flash drive, blank cartridge, or purchased Victor
Reader. You can download a free 15 day
trial version of CDESK for Media, after which you will be required to purchase
the software. There are tutorials
available on their website: www.cdeskforbooks.com. If you are interested, visit their website
and contact AdaptiveVoice directly for more information.
THE BLIND PROJECT @ CMF
Volunteers of Vacaville, The Blind Project @ CMF is a non-profit organization
founded in 1960 for the purpose of providing the visually and physically
disabled community with audio book recording.
They offer services like an audio book lending library ($25 yearly
membership), aural transcription of books (to CD, cassette, or MP3), and have
also recently expanded their services to include Braille Transcription and
Braille Writer repair. They are
partnered with, and supported by, the Lions Club International, and provide
inmates with opportunities to learn social responsibility and valuable job
skills while serving their terms at the California Medical Facility.
If you are interested in the services provided by Volunteers of
Vacaville, The Blind Project @ CMF, contact them at 707-448-6841 ex 2044, via
email at Patrick.email@example.com, or visit their
website at www.volunteersofvacaville.org.
TBABS will be
closed on the following legal holidays and state office closure days:
January 18, Closure Day
January 21, MLK Jr. Day
February 18, President’s Day
April 19, Closure Day
May 24, Closure Day
May 27, Memorial Day
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