|Fall 2005 Newsletter
T A L K I N G B O O K A N D B R A I L L E N E W S
Talking Book & Braille Services
Oregon State Library 250 Winter St NE
Salem OR 97301-3950
503) 378-3849 or (800) 452-0292
Volume 2, Issue 3 · Fall 2005 · Edited by Marion Bryson
TBABS WELCOMES REGIONAL LIBRARIAN
We are pleased to announce that the TBABS Team has a new Regional Librarian.
Susan Westin has joined the Team as Regional Librarian and Program Manager of TBABS, and we are very pleased to have her aboard! Susan is well known among the staff at TBABS, as she previously served in another department in the Oregon State Library, so we are particularly looking forward to working with her in this new capacity.
Susan would like to personally take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about herself:
“Greetings. My name is Susan Westin and I am the new Program Manager for Talking Book and
Braille Services starting on August 1, 2005. My duties will include the
typical manager duties such as budgeting, overseeing workflow, and dealing with personnel issues, but I will also be involved with marketing our program.
A little of my professional background: I have worked at the Oregon State Library for the last six years as an Information Specialist in the Government Research and Electronics Services Division. Prior to that, I spent 13 years at the North Dakota State Library as the Head of Reference. As I am fond of saying, 2 states down, 48 to go!
When I’m not working I enjoy reading (what a surprise), walking, needlepoint, and spending time with my husband and two spoiled cats. In my spare time I enjoy reading mostly mysteries by authors such as J. D. Robb, Rita Mae Brown, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Shirley Rousseau Murphy. I am thrilled to be your new Regional Librarian, and I look forward to working with the TBABS staff to carry out those goals and objectives that will provide you with the best possible customer service. My direct number at TBABS for anyone who wishes to reach me is 503-378-4243, ext. 269. I would be happy to talk with you!”
UNABRIDGED DIGITAL AUDIO BOOKS FOR THE BLIND
Internet computer users are urged to take part in the Unabridged Digital Audio Books project, which provides digital audio books for print impaired readers. Currently, there are approximately 70 Oregonians registered to use this exciting new service, but we know that there are many more of you out there who would thoroughly enjoy this “cutting edge” technology.
The type of material you will find at this site includes old time radio programs, mystery, science fiction, romance, bestsellers of the day, and other subjects typical of what you would find in the NLS book collection. To listen to an audio book, you simply download it into your personal computer, or you can download it into an MP3 player for portable use.
We highly encourage all patrons who have a computer and an Internet connection to log on to Unabridged website at http://www.unabridged.info/. If you would like to speak with a TBABS representative about this project, call Jackie Shepherd at 1-800-452-0292, or 503-378-4243 ext. 265. Don’t miss the opportunity to avail yourself of the latest technology for print impaired individuals!
If your cassette player is not working, call the library and we will go over the problems you are having with the machine to see if it can be corrected. If the problem lies with your machine and is not the result of a bad tape, a discharged battery, or a switch being in the wrong position, we will send an exchange machine out the next day.
If you have a problem with the cassette player, do not attempt to fix the player yourself. Call TBABS
to describe the problems you are having with the equipment. For
faster service, always call the library when returning equipment, as we do not automatically send a replacement unit. Please keep food, beverages, and heat sources away from your cassette player. All of these things can damage the machine and shorten its life.
Have you ever experienced a situation where your cassette plays too fast, so that it sounds like “chipmunks?” If a tape plays too fast to be understood, first check the speed selector switch to ensure it is set to the 15/16 position. Make sure the sliding variable speed control is set to the far left, which is the normal position. If these two controls are properly set, remove the cassette from the machine and lightly tap the cassette tape on a hard surface.
If this still does not help, make sure that none of the tape is spilling out of the cassette. If you have a loose tape, use your finger, or a pen or pencil to insert into one of the cassette openings to wind up the loose tape.
These little tricks should help to restore the normal sound to your tape. If the problem still exists, mark the container as defective and give us a call if you would like a good copy.
OREGON IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In January the Oregon State Library celebrated its Centennial, and one of the highlights of the event was an exhibit of 100 Oregon Books, chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission for their unique literary merit. We are pleased that the National Library Service (NLS) has recorded 17 of the selected titles in cassette format. While space in this newsletter does not permit a comprehensive description of each of the titles, we will list them here in alphabetical order:
Bat 6, Beyond Deserving, The Clan of the Cave Bear, Departure, Geek Love, Gentle Ben, Hole in the Sky, Honey in the Horn, The Journals of Lewis and Clark, The Lathe of Heaven, Listening for Coyote, Nordi’s Gift, Ramona the Pest, The River Why, Sometimes a Great Notion, Trout Fishing in America, & Winterkill. If you would like a detailed list in large print or Braille which includes the author, annotation, and publication date, give us a call and we will be happy to send one to you.
We wish to highlight one of the selected titles, as it was written not only by an Oregon author, but also by a member of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees, William L. Sullivan.
“Listening for Coyote” is the journal of a solo adventure the author undertook in 1985. Sullivan embarked on a 1,361-mile backpacking trek from Oregon’s westernmost shore at Cape Blanco, to Hells Canyon, which is the easternmost point in the state. His route traversed four mountain ranges and eighteen designated Wilderness Areas. Averaging 20 miles per day, Sullivan completed the trek in just over two months, keeping a daily journal that is the basis of this fascinating book.
If you would like to read about Mr. Sullivan’s adventures with wildlife, as well as some memorable encounters with environmentalists, hunters, and other hikers, call and reserve your copy of “Listening for Coyote” by ordering RC 29657. Along the way you will also be treated to some interesting regional history, and you might just catch a glimpse of Oregon’s rich natural heritage as well.
William Sullivan is a fifth-generation Oregonian who began hiking at the age of five. Since then he has been eagerly exploring new trails and embarking upon new adventures. He received a degree in English from Cornell University, and after studying linguistics at Germany’s Heidelberg University, earned an M.A. in German literature from the University of Oregon.
William Sullivan has written ten books and numerous articles about Oregon, including an “Oregon Trails” feature column for the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. We are honored that he is a member of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees since July, 2000. Last year he served as Chair of the Board.
As you might guess, his hobbies include backcountry ski touring, but he also enjoys playing the harpsichord, reading foreign language novels, and promoting libraries, for which we are very thankful. Thanks, Bill!
Please consider including a bequest for TBABS in your will. Our legal title is Oregon State Library, Talking Book and Braille Services.
If you would like more information for yourself or your attorney, please contact Matt Senecal at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-378-4243 ext. 289, or toll free at 800-452-0292.
This fall we’re happy to announce that we have some new circulating magazines available on cassette to TBABS patrons. They are: Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; Better Homes and Gardens; Current Biography; Kiplinger’s Retirement Report; Martha Stewart Living; New York Review of Books; Organic Gardening; Popular Science; Seventeen (formerly only available in Braille), and Your Dog.
If you are interested in receiving any of these periodicals, please call and ask for Mary.
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
The National Library Service (NLS) requires each registered patron to order at least one recorded book per year, or to subscribe to an NLS magazine in order to retain the cassette machine. With this in mind, we are asking those of you who have not ordered a cassette book or subscribed to a magazine in the past year to give us a call to determine whether or not you wish to continue receiving our service.
While we are delighted that every registered person who would like to read talking books continue to do so, we are concerned when equipment is loaned and not used according to the prescribed NLS guidelines. Perhaps you have lost interest in the program, and have stored your cassette machine in a closet, or maybe you are busy with other activities and have put a hold on your reading. This is especially true during the summer months when warmer weather gets us outdoors and involved in other hobbies. Perhaps the machine quit operating properly, and you have neglected to call and ask for a replacement.
Whatever the reason might be, we encourage you to rekindle your interest in the program, or to consider returning the equipment and any overdue books you may have so that others may enjoy them. Give us a call if you wish to discontinue your service, but we hope you will choose to continue the program. If you want to keep receiving talking books, please return any overdue books you currently have in your possession to restart the service.
If your account is set up as “request only,” in which you receive only those titles specifically asked for, we will need a list of book numbers from the catalog, or titles or authors you enjoy in order to proceed. Either way, we ask that you give us a call so that we can review your account with you, and make any necessary changes to ensure that you receive the type of materials that you will enjoy reading on a regular basis. We look forward to serving you now and in the future!
LARGE PRINT CALENDARS
As a service to our visually-impaired active patrons,TBABS provides large print calendars. We will be mailing out the 2006 calendar in September.
The large print calendar is considered an “enhancement” to TBABS services. By this we mean that the expense to produce and send these calendars is not covered by the regular expenses funded either through the State or Federal Government. Rather it is funded through the generous contributions to the TBABS Donation Fund.
As in years past, an envelope will be included with each calendar that is sent that will allow those receiving it to make a contribution offsetting the expense of this project. We appreciate your support.
FOCUS ON ARTHRITIS
It is estimated that arthritis affects more than 42 million Americans in its chronic form, including 300,000 children. By the year 2020, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that 60 million people will be affected, and that more than 11 million will be disabled.
Exactly what is arthritis? Though the term literally means joint inflammation, it really refers to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Many of us have a family member who suffers with this disease, and it is also one with physical disabilities that may be severe enough to prevent a person from being able to hold a book, or turn a page, thus qualifying those individuals as users of talking books. The two most common forms of the disease are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Osteoarthritis results from the normal “wear and tear” of life, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the cell lining inside the joint. Thankfully there are effective treatments available, and patients should consult with their doctor to determine which are the most appropriate for their condition.
TBABS has many good books on the subject of arthritis, some of which are listed here in numerical order:
BR 7250 – Coping with Arthritis: More Mobility, Less Pain by Robert Sheon. Easy to understand self-help guide to the causes, treatments, and prevention of arthritis, bursitis, and other joint or muscle problems. (Braille only)
BR 15392 – Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis by Tammi Shlotzhauer. A description of the physical and emotional aspects of rheumatoid arthritis. Provides patients and caregivers the knowledge to better communicate with medical professionals.
RC 35634 – The Duke University Medical Center Book of Arthritis edited by David Pisetsky. A professor of medicine has compiled a reference guide for arthritis sufferers. Includes a discussion of ongoing research and unproven treatments.
RC 51420 – Juvenile Arthritis by Judith Peacock. Discusses different types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which is diagnosed in about fifty thousand youngsters each year.
RC 53459 – Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis: the Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments by Thomas Lee. A scientist suffering from rheumatoid arthritis describes the latest clinical research to discover a medical breakthrough for this autoimmune disease.
RC 57341 – Pain-Free Arthritis: a Seven-Step Program for Feeling Better Again by Harris McIlwain. Offers a multistep plan for alleviating arthritis and other painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, through therapeutic exercise, diet and medication.
You may also visit the excellent website of the Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME
September marks the beginning of the new school year, and we would like to encourage students to call TBABS for their reading needs. While we do not carry every title or book in many specialized subject areas, we do have an excellent collection of both fiction and nonfiction reading material in both cassette and Braille. For those of you in fifth grade and up who need textbooks, we would encourage you to contact the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Princeton, NJ. They have an extensive collection available to patrons who register with them. You may contact RFB&D by calling 1-800-221-4792, or visit their website at www.rfbd.org
Don’t forget that you can support
TBABS on the web. Make a gift at http://library.state.or.us/home/tbabs/donate.html
If you have difficulties finding the site, you can access it by doing a GOOGLE search. At the GOOGLE search prompt type in donate TBABS.The first result in the search results will be the TBABS online giving page.
TBABS will be closed on the following legal holidays:
Veterans’ Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, November 24
Our automated voicemail system will accept your messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you may be confident to leave a message for us at any time.
This newsletter is available in large print, on cassette, in Braille, or on our website at www.oregon.gov/osl/TBABS
Any mention of products and services in Talking Book And Braille News is for information only and does not imply endorsement.
OREGON STATE LIBRARY
TALKING BOOK AND BRAILLE SERVICES
250 WINTER ST NE
SALEM OREGON 97301-3950
FREE READING MATTER FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED