Network Bulletin No. 04-18
Date: March 19, 2004
Subject: MSCE Quality Assurance Program
Index Term: __Grand Canyon Women__ added to the program
NLS is pleased to announce that a new book, __Grand Canyon Women__ (recorded
by Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library volunteers) has been added to the
collection through the MSCE Quality Assurance Program. The attached factsheet
provides more information.
Libraries are encouraged to acquire a master from the MSCE, notify patrons of the
book's availability, and begin circulating it to interested readers.
For further information contact:
Chief, Network Division
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Grand Canyon Women:
New Addition to the MSCE Quality Assurance Program
-- Volunteers at the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library recorded the book Grand
Canyon Women, by Betty Leavengood, during 2003 and NLS granted it full acceptance into the
collection in January 2004.
-- The book's author, Betty Leavengood, is a recognized expert on local Arizona history and
-- From the book jacket:
__Grand Canyon Women__ tells the humorous and heartbreaking stories of eighteen
remarkable women-river runners, scientists, wranglers, architects, rangers, hikers, and
housewives each of whom, in the midst of nature's indiscriminate universe, discovers
her identity. Some come to the canyon by happenstance, others seek it out with passion
and purpose; most triumph over terrific challenges, while others meet a darker fate.
Grand Canyon Women takes readers to a place of life-defining discovery and to tidy
homes of rural routine. No matter what the journey, these stories will inspire adventurous
-- The technical and artistic quality of Grand Canyon Women is exemplary and the book's full
acceptance is a testament to the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library's ongoing
commitment to professionalism in recording.
-- The recording was completed by volunteers Janet Spielmann (narrator), Nancy Gawkoski
(monitor), and Cora Baker and Ann Fogarty (reviewers).
-- Arizona's volunteer recording program has a long-standing reputation for top quality
production. In 1987 it produced the very first book ever accepted into NLS's Quality Assurance
Program: __The Desert Is Theirs__ by Byrd Baylor. In more recent years, following
narrator/monitor workshop visits by NLS Narrator Laura Giannarelli and a subsequent
workshop by MSCE QA specialist Christopher Mundy, the Arizona Library submitted several
volunteer-produced magazines and some of their newest books for evaluation.
-- Cassette copies of Grand Canyon Women (RCN 011) may now be requested through interlibrary
loan from MSCE, 685 Redna Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45215; toll-free 1-800-866-6723; fax
(513) 771-3507; e-mail <[log in to unmask]> .