DATE : Apri1 4, 2005
TO : Network Libraries
FROM : Stephen Prine
Subject : Distribution Study Considerations
In March 2005, NLS awarded a contract for the design of a digital talking-book (DTB) distribu
tion system, as outlined in the NLS __Strategic Business Plan,__December 2003. NLS is
seeking input from network libraries to help guide the contractor's work.
Phase one of the contract calls for the evaluation of two distribution models in different
combinations: mass duplication of DTBs with distribution handled by network libraries (the
current model) and duplication-on-demand with distribution handled by special centers. In Phase
two, the contractor will develop a detailed design for the selected distribution scenario, along
with a comprehensive plan for transition to the new system.
NLS will provide the contractor with a complete list of issues that network libraries consider as
important to address in designing the new system. Attached is a preliminary list of concerns.
The topics listed will apply to a greater or lesser degree in different distribution models.
Please e-mail or fax any suggestions for additions to the list to Stephen Prine by close of business
April 15, 2005.
Topics for Distribution Study Consideration
Automation concerns (network interface with distribution centers)
Phase-out of analog-book production
Disposal policy for analog titles
Delivery verification reporting
DTB Characteristics (considered in both player-design study and distribution study)
cartridge (large-print and braille labeling, bar code)
packaging (mailing container, labeling)
DTB player distribution policy
DTB supplies for network (cartridges, mailing containers, labeling)
Duplication of DTBs at the network libraries
Inspection of DTBs
Length of transition (i.e., length of time until all patrons who wish to have a DTB player)
Pareto's Law (80/20 Rule) as applied to duplication on demand scenario
Shelving issues at network libraries
Transition process issues
XESS (redistribution) considerations for DTBs versus straight recycling
For further information contact:
Head, Network Services
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(202) 707-0712 (fax)