Digital Learning Day

DLD_Logo_ForWebDigital Learning is instructional practice that uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience ensuring all students reach their full potential and succeed in college or in a career.

Digital Learning Day started in 2012 and is a national campaign to celebrate learning, instructional technology programs and teachers.  With constantly changing technology, it is so important to increase equity and access to educational opportunities to build skills to succeed in college, career and life.

The library and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is committed to providing high-quality assistive technology services to clients, employers, and blind Iowans. IDB’s technology team’s mission is to provide the tech and training that empowers clients and staff to become self-sufficient.   We want to help clients build their skills and self-confidence in regards to technology so that they can continue to grow and adapt as technology changes.

Link to more information about IDB’s Technology Services

Link to the Digital Learning Day site by Alliance for Excellent Education

About Turning the Pages

We hope this blog will be a fun and lively way to share information about the library, talk about books and authors, share information about upcoming events and more.  Today we would like to simply share a bit about the library and our services.

The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides books and other materials in alternative formats to Iowa residents who are unable to read standard print materials.  Materials are provided in braille, large print, audio, print/braille, descriptive video and electronic text.  Registered patrons may also download audio, braille and magazines online on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) is the library unit which assists students and others with their textbook, educational materials and career needs.  The IMC provides textbooks and educational materials to students in kindergarten – college.  The library also  provides career resources and assists Department of the Blind clients and library patrons access materials and information to assist in choosing and finding successful employment.

Here are some links to provide more information about the library and its resources:

The library is always a resource and we are here to help.

Valentine’s Day Reading

Its Valentine’s Day weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a good book.   How about an Old Fashion Romance like Lost December by Richard Paul Evans (DB74065), or a Contemporary Romance like Love’s Encore by Sandra Brown (DB72374). You could also try an exciting Romantic Suspense like Ladies Man by Suzanne Brockmann (DB62159).  No matter what you do, have a great weekend.

 

National Library Service Music Notes Blog

I wanted to share a great resource from the National Library Service (NLS), NLS Music Notes Blog. Here is the description of the blog from NLS:

“NLS Music Notes is a blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section. We will showcase this collection, which covers both classical and popular music, with posts of new titles added, along with interviews of and articles about blind and low vision musicians, music braille transcribers, as well as features about current music events and activities.”  Go to NLS Music Notes Blog

Also, here is a link to more information about the music services provided by the National Library Service. Patrons have access to a collection of braille, large-print, and recorded instructional materials about music and musicians. 

Library Consumer Advisory Committee

LCAC-logoThe Library Consumer Advisory Committee (LCAC) works with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to assist in:

  • increasing public awareness of the library
  • increasing the potential of library services to underserved individuals
  • assisting in policy development and strategic planning

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, requires that each network library have an advisory committee composed of a representative group of users.

The LCAC meets four times a year on the last Friday of January, April, July and October. The size of the Committee ranges from eight to fifteen members. The Committee maintains a Facebook page to communicate with library patrons and the public. Here for the LCAC Facebook Page

The Library Consumer Advisory Committee is always looking for energetic people to serve on the committee. If you are interested, contact Sarah Willeford, Director, Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, (515) 281-1291, sarah.willeford@blind.state.ia.us.

IDB Staff Favorites from 2015

Book with Pages Shaped as a HeartThe staff of Iowa Department for the Blind possesses such diverse interests, knowledge and talents that we thought it would be fun to share what their favorite books were in 2015.

The Martian by Andy Weir  BR 21144, DB78389

My Heart Remembers by Kim Sawyer  DB68450 

The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg

Visit from Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell   DB75336

One Summer: America, 1927  by Bill Bryson  DB77749

Intensity by Dean Koontz  DB41250, LT4745

Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge by Amy Cuddy

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brenne Brown  DB75619

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  BR12850, DB77672, LT10244

Hannibal by Thomas Harris  BR12326, DB48524

After the Storm by Linda Castillo  DB82360

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  DB81189

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison  DB79198

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein  BRN20963, DB25524

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  DB73783

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith  DB78834