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Fall 2010 Newsletter
Talking Book and Braille News
Digital Talking Book Machine
Talking Book and Braille Services
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950
(503) 378-5389 or (800) 452-0292
Fax: (503) 588-7119
email: tbabs.info@state.or.us
website: www.tbabs.org
           Volume 7,  Issue  3  ·  Fall  2010  ·  Editor:  Joel Henderson
NFB-NEWSLINE offers free access to more than 300 newspapers nationwide to anyone who cannot read conventional newsprint. Oregon residents will be happy to know that the Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal and Eugene Register Guard are available through this service, as well as national magazines like Popular Science, Rolling Stone, and Time.  There are a number of ways in which you can access the local or national newspapers, magazines, and TV listings:
  • Telephone – you have 24 hour access, seven days a week by calling the 800 number.  Plus, two new more human sounding voices - Paul and Kate - have been added.
  • Email - you can receive all the newspapers you have saved in your “Favorites” file as DAISY formatted files, which are then attached to email messages and sent to you each morning. 
  • Web – the same great newspaper service that you have access to over the phone is now available on the Web.   
  • Mobile - Download your favorite newspaper to your Victor Reader Stream, Icon or Braille Plus.
If you have not signed up for this fabulous service or want more information on the different ways to access NFB-NEWSLINE, please give us a call at 800-452-0292. If you are having trouble accessing NFB-NEWSLINE or have forgotten your User ID or Password, just give us a call.
The Digital Talking Books Plus comprehensive catalog of all audio books produced by NLS in 2009 is now available!  This catalog includes both cassette books and digital books, and should have already arrived for many of our long-time patrons who requested one back in September-October 2009.
For our newer patrons, if you would like a copy of this catalog, please contact us at 800-452-0292 or tbabs.info@state.or.us.  Digital Talking Books Plus is the most current comprehensive catalog available, and is a great way to find books you may have missed from previous issues of Talking Book Topics.
If you have already received a copy of Digital Talking Books Plus, we kindly ask you to not request another one at this time.  We only have a limited number from our initial order.  Thanks!
This quarter we’d like to highlight the reprinted Scout handbooks, which are now available in digital format.  The following numbers are assigned to their corresponding handbooks:
  • DB 70162 – Webelos
  • DB 70163 – Cub
  • DB 70164 – Tiger
  • DB 70165 – Venturer
  • DB 70166 – Fieldbook
  • DB 70167 – Boy
We recommend downloading a copy from BARD for yourself so you can always have it on-hand.  If you would like to register for BARD, you can follow the application instructions found on our website at www.tbabs.org, or call us at 800-452-0292.  You can also request a copy from us on cartridge, but remember that all cartridges have a six week loan period.
The Portland Art Museum is offering guided tours for blind and vision impaired visitors on the second Friday of every month.  These tours may incorporate tactile objects and materials to help provide an understanding of the different styles and materials used by artists.
Adult and school group tours are also available upon request.  Make sure to arrange any tour four to six weeks in advance.  Service animals are welcome to accompany visitors.
The Portland Art Museum is located at 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205.  They can be reached at 503-226-2811, or info@pam.org.
Are you interested in shaping policy, learning about the latest developments in Talking Books, or contributing your voice as an advocate for the blind and visually impaired?  Then the Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS) Advisory Council is looking for you.
The TBABS Advisory Council is calling for nominations for the position of Patron at Large.  This position is open to an individual who will represent the visually impaired community.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is be an advisory group to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees, and to be advocates for the promotion and further development of library services for all blind and physically disabled Oregonians.  Council members are elected to a four year term and must attend (in person or by teleconference) four meetings yearly.  We do request that a nominee be a current and active Talking Books member. 
If you are interested in serving, please consider this invitation and submit your name by calling Talking Book and Braille Services at 1-800-452-0292 or email tbabs.info@state.or.us by October 31, 2010.
Are you finding that more and more of the books you receive don’t match your reading interests?  In the mood to try something new?  Don’t give up!  Here are a couple of ways we can help tailor your service to match your preferences.
If you are an Autoselect patron, your books are chosen for you based upon your author and subject preferences.  You are always welcome to tell us which authors and types of books you like, as well as those authors and books you don’t like.
Oftentimes, however, whole subjects may offer a selection of books that is too broad for your liking.  That is why we have sub-headings for each subject.  For example, if you like Romances, we can narrow your preference down even further to only include Regency, Adventure, Western, or Inspirational Romances (just to name a few).
Also, your account may be filled with too many subject preferences.  It may be worth removing some of your subject preferences that are older and don’t match your current interests. 
You are welcome to make changes to your account at any time, and any changes you request will take effect immediately.  But don’t worry; authors and subjects can always be added back onto your list later on.  None of your preferences are written in stone!
So call us at 800-452-0292, or send us an email at tbabs.info@state.or.us if you’re interested in shaking things up a bit.  Many great authors and books don’t fit neatly into a specific subject, but when we have some clues to work with we hope you’re delighted by what we find for you.
Several months ago we sent out a survey in our Spring newsletter asking whether or not you, our patrons, were interested in Descriptive DVDs.  We received ample responses to warrant the purchase of ten new Descriptive DVD titles.
All of these titles have been released on DVD within the last year.
  • DVD002 – Alice in Wonderland (PG-13)
  • DVD003 – Public Enemies (R)
  • DVD004 – It’s Complicated (R)
  • DVD005 – Green Zone (R)
  • DVD006 – Couples Retreat (PG-13)
  • DVD007 – The Ugly Truth (R)
  • DVD008 – 2012 (PG-13)
  • DVD009 – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (PG)
  • DVD010 – The Princess and the Frog (G)
  • DVD011 – Julia & Julia (PG-13)
Each DVD is menu driven, and setting up the descriptive audio only takes three steps.  From the main menu select Setup, then select the Descriptive Video Service (DVS) 2.0 option.  Depending on the DVD, you may also be asked to set up subtitles; just select the option for no subtitles.  Once you start playing the movie, you should begin hearing the descriptive audio.
We hope to purchase more titles in the future.  If you’re interested in requesting any of these new DVDs, call us at 800-452-0292 or email us at tbabs.info@state.or.us.  We only have the ten titles to start with, so we appreciate your patience if the title you ask for isn’t immediately available.  As always, we’ll add you to the waiting list.  Thanks!
We have recently added two new Jane Kirkpatrick trilogies to our collection!  The first is the Kinship and Courage Series:
  • All Together in One Place (DBX/CBX 1229)
  • No Eye Can See (DBX/CBX 1253)
  • What Once We Loved (DBX/CBX 1254)
Set in 1852, a close-knit community begins a westward trek along the Oregon Trail. Only 11 women and their children survive. These books tell their story.
The other trilogy is the Tender Ties Historical Series: 
  • A Name of Her Own (DBX/CBX 1255)
  • Every Fixed Star (DBX/CBX 1256)
  • Hold Tight the Thread (DBX/CBX 1257)
These books are a fictionalized historical account of the real Marie Dorion Venier Toupin, the Ioway Indian who accompanied the Astor overland expedition in 1812.
Both trilogies are available on both cassette and digital.  If you are interested in either or both, let us know by calling us at 800-452-0292 or email at tbabs.info@state.or.us.  Be sure to tell us which format you prefer.  Thanks!
Are you enjoying your Talking Books?  Think someone else might benefit from our library too?  So do we, and that’s where we need your help.  They say satisfied customers are the best advertisement, so tell your friends, family, neighbors, book clubs, doctors, pastors – anyone really – about how much you appreciate our library.  Even if the people you know aren’t eligible themselves, they may know someone else who is.
We are also happy to come and talk to your visual support group, scout troop meeting, activities club at your retirement center or nursing home, church group, etc.  Please contact us if you’re interested in scheduling some time for us to describe our wonderful (and as always free) services by calling 800-452-0292.
If you have any questions about your friends/families eligibility for our services, please call us.  Copies of our applications can be printed out from our website at www.tbabs.org.  You can also request a hard copy by calling us and leaving us a voicemail message with the address you’d like the application mailed to.  Thanks for helping share the joy of reading.
Have you ever used the sleep function and had the player immediately restart at the end of the sleep period at full volume?  If so, this tip will help you.  The problem occurs when the sleep timer ends while the digital player volume is set at the lowest level.  To prevent this from happening with your player, just set the volume a little higher than the lowest setting when using the sleep function.
We have also been asked about how to return to the beginning of a book.  For the Standard player, press and hold the Rewind button until you hear “Beginning of Book”.  Likewise, pressing and holding the Fast Forward button will take you to the end of the book. 
For the Advanced player, select the bookmark level by pressing the Menu button until you hear “Bookmark Jump.”  Press and hold the Previous button to move the reading position to the beginning of the book.  Likewise, use the Next button to move to the end of the book.
Each day the circulation staff along with our volunteers prepares between 1,100 and 1,400 books for inspection.  In order to make that process run smoother, we ask that you do not wrap your returned books with rubber bands.  The only exceptions would be unless the mailing container is broken or you are returning more than one book at a time.  Also, please do not use any kind of tape on the mailing container.  The information on the container is very important and often if tape has been used, the label and/or barcode are damaged when we remove the tape.  This will require making a new label or barcode.
As part of the digital transition, the National Library Service (NLS) is working on creating digital versions of 15,000-20,000 books previously only available on cassette.  Some of these titles have already been completed, but many are still in process and may take a while.  Priority has been given to books by popular authors, classics, and books in a series.  We will receive physical copies of a few of these titles, but remember that all digital books are also available for download through the BARD website.
When a book begins the digital transition process, a new catalog record is made for its digital version.  However, you may notice that in our TBABS catalog there are some records for digital books that say the book is available for download only, but when you try to find the link to BARD there is none.  It is a good chance then that the book you want to download is still in the middle of its digital transition process.  Make a note to check back in a few months to see if it is available.
And remember, all the digital books in our TBABS Catalog that say download only are really downloaded through the BARD website.  Our TBABS catalog only links to the BARD website.  If you would like to register for BARD, you can follow the application instructions found on our website at www.tbabs.org, or call us at 800-452-0292.  Thanks!
Bookshare, a web-based digital library that gives you access to over 60,000 digital books, newspapers and magazines in Daisy or Braille formats, is offering a free one year trial membership.  This one year membership to Bookshare can be accessed through Library2Go.  Library2Go is an Oregon consortium of public libraries that offer downloadable audio books, ebooks and videos.  Bookshare books will play on your computer or these portable players: Victor Reader Stream, Icon, Braille plus, Bookcourier and other Braille readers.  To learn more about this program and to see if your local library is participating, go to http://library2go.lib.overdrive.com.
More and more digital players are being sent out to our patrons everyday, and for those of you who have received one please remember that you are welcome to keep your cassette machine as well.  Our digital collection is still growing, and some titles may still only be available on cassette.  The National Library Service will not stop production of new books on cassette entirely until early 2011, so we recommend keeping your cassette machine until then, unless of course you really just want to just receive digital books.  Our point is that you are not required to do so; if you are happy using both, you can.
TBABS will be closed on the following state office closure days and legal holidays:
  • September 6, Labor Day
  • September 17, Closure Day
  • November 11, Veteran’s Day
  • November 26, Thanksgiving
  • November 27, Closure Day
  • December 24, Christmas Day
  • December 31, New Year’s Day
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