December’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program

On Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  The topic will be account settings and preferences and the password reset feature.

For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.  Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Announces Patron Listserv

Want to get the latest news and updates from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)?

NLS’s Patron Engagement Section now hosts an announce-only listserv that will include announcements about NLS programs, services, and products that might be of interest to patrons. New announcements will be posted to the list few times a week.

If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please send your name and email address to the Patron Engagement Section at NLSPES@loc.gov. You will be able to unsubscribe yourself from the list at any time. So email NLSPE@loc.gov now!

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Reminder: Join NLS for Tomorrow’s The Many Faces of BARD Program

On Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  The topic for the November program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS.

For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.  Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

November Will Have Two NLS The Many Faces of BARD Programs

Last month’s The Many Faces of BARD program by the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) was canceled due to technical difficulties, and has been rescheduled for Monday, November 7th, at 6:00 pm (Central). The program will last for one hour and will be entirely in Spanish. The presenters will be Juana Gonzalez and Yanci Munez, who are Reader Advisors and BARD trainers at the Braille Institute in California.  For the full Zoom invitation information

Also, this month’s The Many Faces of BARD program will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 6:00pm (Central), on Zoom.  The topic for the November program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS.  For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.  Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom.

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Update on the Braille on Demand Project by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

In June, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) launched a Braille-on-Demand project, as part of its braille modernization initiative. The pilot project is going very well and active library patrons can now request and receive five hard-copy braille titles per month to keep for personal use.

Some reminders about the program:

  • Braille on Demand does not replace normal braille circulation but is a way to get a permanent copy of a title you will re-read many times, like a cookbook or your child’s favorite bedtime story.
  • NLS must have an electronic version of a title in order to emboss it, so requested titles will be limited to braille books that are currently available on BARD. Some older titles may not be available.
  • Only complete titles will be distributed. Please be considerate and only request those books you intend to read multiple times and have room to store.
  • The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand.
  • Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at nlsref@loc.gov for assistance in completing the form.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

515-281-1323

library@blind.state.ia.us

Check Out the Recent Foreign Language Quarterly from NLS

Foreign Language Quarterly, a way to keep up with the foreign language books that the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is adding to the collection. Foreign Language Quarterly is posted to the NLS website every three months and features titles uploaded to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

Thanks to its participation in the Marrakesh Treaty and expanded book acquisition, NLS is adding more foreign language books to its catalog than ever before!

This past quarter, NLS added books in 24 unique languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Urdu.

You can find a selection of the most popular foreign language titles recently added to the NLS collection in Foreign Language Quarterly (FLQ), an online publication found at www.loc.gov/nls/flq.

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