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NLS-REPORTS  June 2000



Network Bulletin No. 00-28


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Network Bulletin No. 00-28

Date: June 09, 2000   
Subject: Surveys    

Index term:  Network Survey FY99
The 1999 edition of __Library Resources for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped__ was compiled from last year's
annual questionnaire concerning your facilities, services,
funding, staffing, administration, and procedures.  We are
asking you to complete the enclosed survey as soon as
possible for the 2000 network directory.  Statistics from
the survey are used for both state and national purposes
when developing programs, evaluating specific agencies, and,
of course, creating budgets.
We are providing the questionnaire in hardcopy and in plain
text on a 3-inch diskette.  If you submitted last year's
survey on diskette, we are enclosing that copy to
use with your update.  The survey is also available
electronically through the NLS-Reports listserv, from which
it can be exported, filled in, and then returned via e-mail. 
To help us publish an accurate, up-to-date directory, please
complete this questionnaire and return it by __July 10,
2000.__An address label is provided for your
response.  Please enclose new brochures, bibliographies,
reports, etc. that you have issued during the year.
Subregional libraries should send their survey responses
directly to NLS with copies to their regional libraries,
unless regionals specifically ask that surveys be sent to
them first.  All libraries should retain copies of their
Please note that citations to the __ALA Revised Standards
and Guidelines of Service forthe Library of Congress Network
of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped__ are
given with survey questions, where applicable.  Refer to the
__Network Library Manual,__ section 9.2.2, for further
information about annual survey procedures.
For further information contact:   

Linda Redmond 
Reference Section
E-mail: [log in to unmask]       
Annual Survey of Regional and Subregional Libraries
Fiscal Year 1999
Name of library
Signature of person completing this survey                   

Date completed

This survey should be completed and returned to the
Reference Section by July 10, 2000.  Please
use the enclosed address label.

1.   Annual revision of Library
Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 

Attached is the entry for your library that we plan to use
in the updated edition of the directory __Library
Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.__Please
review the entry carefully.   If the entry
requires no change, indicate by checking the first box

[  ]    Entry is correct as shown; no change needed.
[  ]   Entry is incorrect and needs the following revision: 


[  ]   Please add or change our separate address for bulk

[  ]   Please add or change our toll-free telephone number

[  ]   Please add or change the number for our TDD or
similar device available for hearing-impaired callers:


[  ]   Please add or change our fax number:                 


[  ]   Please add or change our electronic mail address:


[  ]   Please add or change our web site:                   

NOTE:  Regional libraries having subregionals should report
information only for the regional library
1.   The fiscal year refers to that used by your library,
not to that used by NLS.  (Please indicate dates of
your 1999 fiscal year:                            

The term "your library" refers specifically to the library
for the blind and physically handicapped and
not to the parent library, unless otherwise noted.

2.   Regional libraries only: Administrative agency to which
your library reports:                                        
Name of administrator:                                      


Telephone:  area code (       )                             

3.   Regional libraries only:  If the funding agency for
your library is different from the administrative  agency,
list it below:

Name of funding agency contact:                             

Agency name:                                                
Telephone:  area code (       )                         

4.   If your library serves only part of a state, please
list counties or parts of counties served, if the list has
changed in the past year: 


5.   Does your library have an annual report for FY99?
(S.10.3)          yes          no
(If yes, please attach a copy of your most recent report,
unless you have already given a copy to      NLS.)   

6. How many hours per week is your library open for service
to blind and physically handicapped patrons? (S.1.4.b)                

7. In the past year, have these hours been reduced or
increased due to budget or other factors?
yes          no

If yes, please explain briefly:                           





8. Budget for FY99:  From what sources are your services for
the blind and physically handicapped funded?  If there are unexpended funds 
available from FY98, please indicate below.  Regionals should
not include funds for their subregionals.  Answer this
question as completely as possible (S.7.1). 
Please attach copies of successful grant applications, if
Sources of funds  Amount budgeted     Carryover available
                  for FY99                 from FY98 


Federal (include funds 
distributed through state 


(specify source)




Other.  Please indicate if funds were not entirely
available for use during FY99.  If amount is over
$10,000, please indicate specific source and purpose. 
Gifts and bequests                                       

Friends of the library                                   

Private foundations                                      

(specify source)

Total (all sources)    $                        $         


9. How many paid staff members are currently providing
service to blind and physically handicapped
patrons?  Please include temporary paid staff and
indicate if the same staff member is counted in more
than one category (G.1, S.1.4.f, S.5.1).

				Full-time* Part-time*    Unfilled

Reader advisors
Professional librarians                                  

Library technicians                                       

Clerical and support staff                                

Volunteer coordinator                                     

Recording services coordinator                            


*Full-time is considered to be 35 to 40 hours per week. 
Please indicate either the number of staff or
the number of hours worked, i.e., 1.5 staff or 60 hours;
.6 staff or 24 hours, etc. (S.11.4).

10. Volunteers (unpaid).  Please check all that apply.       
Book inspection                                          
Braille transcribing                       
Delivery of machines and equipment                        

Equipment repair                           
Home visits                                              

Office and administrative support                        

Recording books and magazines                            


11. Does your library employ staff that require special
      no                  yes, paid staff          yes,

If yes, please provide information below:
Job function       Adaptive equipment           Other accommodations

12. Does your library have a Friends group? (S.6.15)        
yes          no

13. Does your library have a Consumer Advisory group?        
yes         no

__Physical Facilities__
14. a) Has your library moved in the past year?             

b) Has your library building been renovated in the past

c) Total square feet available to your library for
service to its blind 
and physically disabled patrons:                       


15. Give totals for each of the following media in your
library's book collection (S.2.14 S.2.15). 
Estimate, if necessary.  The first three items are NLS
produced; others are either locally produced or
Format            No. of volumes or        No. of titles
Recorded disc (RD)                                        

Recorded cassette (RC)                                    

Braille (BR)                                              

Volunteer-produced braille                                
Volunteer-produced cassette                               
Purchased cassette                                        
Purchased disc                                            

Volunteer-produced large print                            
Commercial large print                                    

Other (specify)                                           

__Special Collections__

16. Please indicate below your special collections.  __Do not
include NLS-produced materials.__
If lists are available, please attach to this survey.
                               				No. of

a) Print reference collection on blindness and physical  
disabilities (S.2.21)                                 

b) Videotapes on blindness and physical disabilities     

c) Audio-descriptive videos                              

d) Electronic books

Computer diskette                                  

                         Language       Medium

e) Foreign-language books                                


            		Subject                  Medium

f) Local and regional                                    
subjects and authors (S.2.7)


g) Textbooks                                             
h) Children's books                                      

i) Tactile maps                                          
                                                  (name of library)										
__Collection Maintenance__

17. Book inspection. Please indicate if books are inspected
and by whom.

Cassette books are inspected?  yes         no        
by       volunteers   and/or         by staff

Disc books are inspected?  yes          no        

by       volunteers   and/or         by staff

Braille books are inspected?   yes          no        

by       volunteers   and/or         by staff


__If you do not inspect books,__ what other measures do you
use to ensure that readers receive complete and undamaged books?

__Other Services__
18. Assistive devices for reading:  Please check below the
reading devices you have in your library for
use by or to serve patrons (G.2.1, S.1.4.d, S.12.2). 
Indicate additional information for each item you

                                 		Number   Brand name   

a) Braille embosser (computer driven)      [   ]         

b) Braille notetaker          		 [   ]                      

c) Braillewriter (manual)     		 [   ]                      

d) Closed-circuit TV (Vantage,             [   ]         
Optelec, etc.)

e) Compact disc (CD-ROM) player            [   ]         

f) Computer device equipped with           [   ]         
speech input or output       

g) Hardware/software for creating          [   ]         
hardcopy large print

h) Kurzweil Personal Reader or other        [   ]         
text-to-speech reading machine or OCR

i) Magnifier (other than d above)           [   ]         

j) Optacon                    		  [   ]                      
k) Page turner                              [   ]                      

l) Paperless braille display  		  [   ]   

m) Screen-enlarging software  		  [   ]                      

n) Other (specify)                                       


19. Special services:  Please check below the special
services your library provides for its patrons.

a) Book discussion group                   

b) Braille on demand                       

c) Children's story hour                     

d) Children's summer reading program                 

e) Dial-up news or book service                      

f) Radio reading service                   
g) Other (specify)                         

20. Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC):

a) Which version of the NLS Union Catalog is used in
your library?

_____ CD-BLND   _____ Web-BLND

b) Are your collections searchable on a local OPAC
(other than the NLS Union Catalog)?

 _____  yes   _____  no  

21. Publications:  Please check all produced by your library
__in the past year: 

a) Patron newsletter                 b) Other newsletter
Frequency                           Frequency 

Format:                     		Format:
Large print                         Large print                      
Recorded                            Recorded                         
Braille                             Braille 
Online                              Online                             
Standard print                   	Standard print                 

c) Catalogs of locally produced materials             
(Enclose a copy of each.)

d) Subject bibliographies               

(Enclose a copy of each.)

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