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Talking books go digital

  1. 1. Talking Books Go Digital Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book & Braille Service
  2. 2. Service Overview <ul><li>We serve between 4000 and 4100 Nebraskans </li></ul><ul><li>Our collection contains 63,000 recorded titles (2400 of these are digital) </li></ul><ul><li>124,000 copies (10,000 digital) </li></ul><ul><li>2388 copies in Braille </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who qualifies? <ul><li>Cannot hold a book or turn pages </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot handle books or see to red due to medication or while recovering from an accident or surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot read print due to a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Recording studios <ul><li>Overall, the program offers 98 recorded magazines. 19 of these are recorded in our studios—approximately 135 issues of magazines per year! </li></ul><ul><li>Between 30 and 40 books are recorded in our studios each year </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 520 Nebraska/Great Plains books have been recorded in our studios </li></ul>
  5. 5. Going digital in studios <ul><li>30 Nebraska book titles are now available in the new Digital Talking Book (DTB) format </li></ul><ul><li>12 out of 19 magazine titles are circulating digitally—all 19 will be available in DTB format by the end of the year </li></ul>
  6. 6. Volunteers <ul><li>Volunteers help us with a variety of projects: narrating, producing, reviewing, quality checking, shifting, clerical projects </li></ul><ul><li>From 7/1/09 to 6/30/10, there were 74 studio volunteers contributing 2153 hours! </li></ul><ul><li>For all of TBBS in that time, 205 volunteers contributed 4200 hours! </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Digital Players <ul><li>New Digital Talking Book Players began to arrive in the Fall of 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, about half of our patrons (1462 as of 9-22-10) have new digital players, and more continue to arrive. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 2 versions of the player: Basic and Advanced, distributed roughly 80/20 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Features <ul><li>One cartridge per book </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Easy navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep button </li></ul><ul><li>Long battery performance </li></ul><ul><li>Easy, soft buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent sound! </li></ul>
  9. 9. What a difference a DTB makes!
  10. 10. Even the mailman loves Digital Talking Books!
  11. 11. BARD – patron downloads
  12. 12. Qualifications for BARD <ul><li>Must already be a Nebraska TBBS patron (or can sign up to become a patron) </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons must be in good standing (minimal overdue books, damaged equipment, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons must have basic computer skills (email, internet, file management, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Must fill out special application form just for BARD and go through approval </li></ul>
  13. 13. URL for BARD in Nebraska <ul><li>BARD can be accessed from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs </li></ul><ul><li>(click on BARD link) </li></ul><ul><li>NLS direct link is https://nlsbard.loc.gov , </li></ul><ul><li>but directing through us adds NE info </li></ul>
  14. 14. Basic BARD process <ul><li>Find a book or magazine to read </li></ul><ul><li>Download to personal computer </li></ul><ul><li>Unzip file </li></ul><ul><li>Copy file to cartridge or flash drive </li></ul><ul><li>Use book in playback device (NLS DTB player or a commercial product) </li></ul>
  15. 15. BARD demonstration <ul><li>Searching for materials </li></ul><ul><li>Downloading and copying to cartridge </li></ul><ul><li>Patron statistics/usage statistics </li></ul>
  16. 16. Contact info <ul><li>Scott Scholz </li></ul><ul><li>Circulation & Audio Production Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Book & Braille Service </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>For general Talking Books info, application forms, questions, call: </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-742-7691 or (402) 471-4038 </li></ul>

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